Immigrants march for NC driver's licenses
Posted March 22, 2014
RALEIGH, N.C. — Immigrant families and their supporters marched through downtown Raleigh Saturday in hopes of being able to drive in North Carolina.
About 100 people who support driver's licenses for immigrants living illegally in North Carolina marched down Fayetteville Street to the Governor's Mansion.
"I'm afraid that I could get stopped and not really know what's going to happen next. I may be sent back to where I came from Mexico, or go to jail and pay a heavy fine," said Rafael Mendiola, who attended Saturday's protest.
A recently released study by the state Department of Public Safety concluded that giving driving permits to immigrants in the state illegally should lead to safer driving, although there's no established statistical basis to verify that conclusion.
The study also listed the downsides to issuing the licenses, including more resources needed for the Division of Motor Vehicles and the influx of applicants, many of whom may not pass the exam.