New York: Finally allowed to drive–Two undocumented immigrants on what the new Green Light Law means to them

We have lived in New York for nearly two decades. Now, we are finally able to apply for driver’s licenses. That’s because the new Green Light Law is taking effect. The law restores legal access to permission to operate vehicles on our roads to all New Yorkers, regardless of immigration status.

For immigrant parents like us, especially in the suburbs where we live, it’s an enormous relief: It will mean finally being able to drive our kids to school and the doctor and driving ourselves to work, without fear of being stopped by the police and having our family torn apart by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.