Illegal immigrants are demanding driver’s licenses in the blue state of Michigan ahead of the upcoming 2020 elections. They’re also threatening a day where they refuse to show up for work and keep their kids home from school. What’s interesting, is the media reporting on this group’s efforts to obtain driver’s licenses prior to the 2020 elections, never mentions that people living in Michigan who are undocumented, are breaking the law.
The Cosecha Michigan group is organizing the May 1st March for driver’s licenses for illegal aliens in three major cities in Michigan. The pro-illegal immigration group is also telling illegal aliens to stay home from work on that day and to keep their kids out of school, as a way to protest the injustices they face while illegally living in the United States.
From the Cosecha group’s Facebook page:
This May 1st will be another day without immigrants in the state of Michigan! Don’t go to work, don’t go to school, don’t buy — we will be on the streets, marching to demand licenses for everyone.
According to the Detroit News – Leaders with Movimiento Cosecha Michigan, which fights for permanent protection for immigrants, have planned marches Wednesday in Detroit, Grand Rapids, and Kalamazoo.
The planned day of action is in coordination with “Driving Without Fear” immigrant marches the same day in cities across the country, including New Jersey, Indiana, Georgia and Wisconsin.
Organizers urge Michigan immigrants and allies to be absent from work, keep children home from school, businesses to close, officials said at a press conference Thursday outside Michigan State Capitol in Lansing.
“For too long, undocumented immigrants in Michigan have driven with the fear that we may be arrested, detained and even permanently separated from our families and deported for simply driving without a license to work, to pick up their kids from school, or to the hospital,” said Gema Lowe from Movimiento Cosecha Grand Rapids.
“This May 1, immigrants from all over Michigan will be taking the streets in Detroit, Grand Rapids, and Kalamazoo to demand the right to drive without fear. Together, we will show the power and dignity of our community.”
The video posted by Cosecha Michigan on their Facebook page appears to be a warning to businesses, farmers that undocumented workers will leave them to fend for themselves on May 1st. Perhaps May 1st would be a good day for American businesses to think about hiring American citizens looking for work. There are an awful lot of high school kids, or students coming home from college looking for work this summer.
The Cosecha group has also threatened to pull undocumented kids from their classrooms. An empty classroom is shown in the video, while ominous music plays in the background. Cosecha should be careful with their portrayal of empty classrooms after undocumented kids are removed from them, they may give American citizens the impression they don’t care about getting free education for their kids. They might also point out how helpful it would be to students who are American citizens if the number of students in their classrooms wasn’t at capacity. Parents might also recognize the benefit of not watching their kids education be dumbed down to help students coming from other nations with sub-par educations and foreign language barriers.
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Este 1ro de Mayo será otro día sin inmigrantes en el estado de Michigan! No vayas a trabajo, no vayas a la escuela, no compres — vamos a estar en las calles, marchando para exigir licencias para todos. Únete al evento en tu ciudad y corre la voz:Grand Rapids: Otro Día Sin Inmigrantes: GRKalamazoo: A Day Without Immigrants/GRITO Por Las LicenciasDetroit: Dia Sin Inmigrantes: La GRAN MarchaEl estado de Michigan depende de nuestra labor y consumo. Nosotros los inmigrantes sin papeles estamos obligados a manejar sin licencias y lo hacemos por nuestras familias. Ya basta con el miedo de poder ser detenidos por la policía y ser deportados solo por llevar a nuestros hijos a la escuela y a los hospitales o manejar al trabajo.El 1ro de mayo, los inmigrantes de Michigan se unen a nuestros compañeros de New Jersey, Massachusetts, Georgia, y Indiana para #ManejarSinMiedo. No te lo pierdas!
Posted by Cosecha Michigan on Wednesday, 3 April 2019
Currently, 12 states allow for residents to apply for driver licenses regardless of immigration status. Michigan allowed undocumented immigrants to obtain licenses until 2008.
According to a 2008 report by the nonpartisan Pew Center on the States, Michigan had an impossible 102.54 percent of eligible voters registered to vote in this state. The study found that despite a Voting Eligible Population of 7,285,960, Michigan actually had 7,470,764 individuals registered for the 2008 election.
On January 22, 2008, following the election of Barack Obama, Michigan announced it would no longer let illegal immigrants obtain driver’s licenses, a practice just seven other states continue to allow.
In 2007, former Republican Attorney General Mike Cox issued an opinion saying driver’s licenses could not be issued to undocumented immigrants. The Legislature then passed a law banning undocumented immigrants from getting Michigan driver’s licenses.