Issues & Campaigns

Immigration Reform

In summer of 2013, the U.S. Senate voted to pass legislation to reform our broken immigration system. This bill would provide a pathway to citizenship for 11 million aspiring Americans. The bill currently sits in the hands of the U.S. House of Representatives, who continue to take no action. BIC has joined the Campaign for Citizenship, a project of the PICO National Network, to bring the voices of people of faith together to witness and work for citizenship for aspiring Americans. 

In Massachusetts, BIC has supported legislation that would provide driver's licenses and insurance to all drivers. In order to obtain a driver's lisence or a learner's permit in the state of Massachusetts, an applicant must provide a social security number or an acceptable immigrant visa code. This restricts driver's lisences to a particular group of immigrants and prevents all other Massachusetts immigrations from being trained, liscened, and insured. However, all families need to drive out of necessity- for work, to bring children to school, or to go to the grocery store.

According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, unlicensed drivers are nearly five times more likely to be involved in a fatal traffic accident than licensed drivers - in 2010, 314 people died in traffic accidents in Massachusetts, a number that could be significantly reduced through licensure tests. BIC is advocating the passage of "An Act Relative to Safe Driving" bill for the safety of all Massachusetts residents.