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Teamsters Applaud Assembly Vote on Driver’s Licenses for Immigrants

George Miranda, President of Teamsters Joint Council 16, had the following statement on the New York State Assembly’s vote in favor of the “Green Light” bill, which will reopen access to driver’s licenses to all New Yorkers. Joint Council 16 represents 120,000 workers in and around New York City.

“The New York Teamsters applaud the State Assembly for taking action on this social and economic justice legislation. It shouldn’t be a crime to take your child to school, or drive to the hospital, or provide for your family. In much of New York State, you need a car to do the basics of life, and this legislation will ensure that all residents can access driver’s licenses, regardless of immigration status. This is a union issue and will open opportunities for our members.

“I urge the Senate to pass and the Governor to sign this bill into law. We are proud to be a sanctuary union and give our full support to expanding the rights of our most vulnerable residents.”