Miranda to Lawrence: Your bill undercuts the progress we’ve made on immigration issues
STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Senator-elect Catherine Miranda, D-Phoenix (District 27), released this statement in response to an announcement from Rep.-elect Jay Lawrence, R-Scottsdale (District 23), that he will introduce legislation that would require driver’s licenses issued to some immigrants to carry the label “non-citizen.”
“Mr. Lawrence’s proposed legislation undercuts the momentum our state has gained and the progress we’ve made on immigration issues. The recent court decisions that provided a way for dreamers to get driver’s licenses are good for public safety and for our state’s economy.
“Policies like the one Mr. Lawrence is proposing are cut from the same ideological cloth as SB 1070. Our state is ready to move beyond laws like that. What purpose will it serve to add the word ‘non-citizen’ to a driver’s license? How will that improve public safety or the economy? In short, it won’t. Instead, it will promote a negative image of our state.
“I hope that the new members of our Legislature will embrace the positive and productive immigration policies that we have been focused on recently. The courts have spoken. Dreamers are getting driver’s licenses. There is no need for further attempts to stigmatize this community.”