Maria Bilbao is a former domestic worker turned immigration activist from Argentina. Back when she was undocumented, she found herself driving without a license for nine years. In Florida, that’s a second-degree misdemeanor.
During that stretch of time, Bilbao’s car was hit twice. Both times, she let the driver who had hit her off the hook, to avoid involving the authorities.
“There was a lot of fear that driving would lead to detention, and that the life you worked so hard to build for yourself here would be gone just like that,” Bilbao said. “But at the same time, relying on public transportation was impossible.”