DENVER, CO — FWD.us Colorado State Immigration Manager Marissa Molina today released the following statement after the State Senate passed SB19-139, More Colorado Road And Community Safety Act Offices, which would expand access to driver’s licenses to Colorado residents regardless of immigration status by increasing the number of licensing facilities to at least 10 locations, up from the current four in the entire state:
“Today’s passage of SB19-139 is another critical step forward for millions of hardworking Colorado families and will help ensure that more Coloradans – particularly those living in rural areas – can safely access their workplaces and take care of their families. Expanding access to licenses is absolutely essential for all Coloradans to travel more easily to their jobs, go to school, and seek medical attention in an emergency.
“We are grateful to Senator Moreno and Senator Coram for their continued leadership. This commonsense legislation will make our state stronger and more prosperous, and we urge the House to move this bill forward in a bipartisan way to continue this much-needed progress for our state.
“Our long term goal remains commonsense immigration reform that includes smart border security, protects and expands existing legal immigration avenues, and provides an earned pathway to citizenship for undocumented individuals. We will continue to work with Colorado business leaders, community members, and legislators from both sides of the aisle to advocate for smart reforms to our nation’s broken immigration system.”