Nearly 100 protesters — men, women and children — marched in downtown Raleigh on Saturday afternoon to denounce a state law that blocks those who are in the country illegally from obtaining a North Carolina driver's license.
Immigrants “play an important part in the economy of North Carolina,” said Ana Marie Reichenbach of Fuerza y Libertad (Strength and Liberty), the group that organized the march. "Part of that role can only be done when people have transportation without fear."
Some undocumented immigrants have been jailed for driving without a license, Reichenbach said. "It's an issue of criminalizing the immigrant community by not allowing them to have licenses."
The March for Licenses started on Fayetteville Street and went to the Governor’s Mansion and the General Assembly, organizers said.
Maria Gutierrez, 48, a mother of three from Wayne County who participated in the march, said she was stopped by police in 2011 and taken into custody — but the police left her son, who was then 15, alone in the car.