Advocates push for immigrants to have driver's licenses in New York

Representatives from the Worker Justice Center of New York held a rally on the steps of Rochester City Hall Tuesday. (WHAM photo)

Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - Advocates for immigrant rights are urging New York state to expand access to driver's licenses.

Representatives from the Worker Justice Center of New York held a rally on the steps of Rochester City Hall Tuesday.

The organization wants the state to provide driver's licenses to New Yorkers, regardless of their immigration status. They argue it impacts many local farm workers and they want lawmakers in Albany to pass legislation.

"Today, Rochester, Buffalo and Syracuse elected officials are standing together to support this initiative and say it's time to make NY state a state that gives licenses to all," said Carly Fox, a staff member at the Worker Justice Center of New York.

Several Rochester City Council members attended the rally in support of the plan. Similar events were held in Buffalo and Syracuse.

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