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Florida Politicians Vote Against Drivers License Bill – We Continue Fighting Back!

– Alicia Gazga


Raíces in Tampa has struggled the past two years for all undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses in Florida; we had meetings with members of the city council of the City of Tampa. Then got together with five of the seven members who seemed very supportive of the idea of ​​giving licenses to the undocumented, they privately, told us they would sign our resolution showing their support. When we finally attended a City Council Meeting and put our drivers license resolution up to a vote, the City Council acted as if Raíces in Tampa did not know we were talking, typical politicians! They lied by saying they had never seen our resolution and when confronted with having them show support – they backed out. As Raíces in Tampa we understand how City Council will take to opportunism and be against the people of their own city (undocumented or not).

As recently as April 2015, City Council and Tampa City Mayor Bob Buckhorn publicly SIGNED their support in favor of DAPA (the November 2014 executive action of the President)! Time and time again, City Council members like Charlie Miranda have said that City Council cannot and would not support anything outside of the “power of City Council” – giving the excuse that a State of Florida matter was outside of their jurisdiction and even further, that licenses should be attacked through a national angle. But with the recent DAPA support they both signed, they very publicly acknowledge that they INDEED DO have the ability to sign their support in areas outside of the City of Tampa. Raíces in Tampa agrees that supporting DACA and DAPA is a great step for Tampa and Florida, but why are Bob Buckhorn and City Council remaining silent and not supportive of licenses? Their logic makes no sense and their behavior contradicts their own excuses! Raíces in Tampa demands they both do something locally, NOT give us more excuses.

In Tallahassee last week politicians voted against the SB300 bill that would give driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants in Florida, and while some say the law was for “safer roads”, Raíces in Tampa continues in the overall struggle for equality! We demand drivers licenses for all of the undocumented immigrants in Florida! The problem is not unsafe roads, we the undocumented, are not the ones who make roads unsafe! The government and politicians can not cover the sun with a finger and attempt to make us think we cannot see through their lies and excuses. Drivers licenses are a basic necessity; to go to work with our heads held high, having an ID to say ‘I am valid’, take our children to school, go to church, all without fear! We demand liberation and equality, not repression and deportations.

SB300 died this year but that does not mean Raíces in Tampa will stop fighting, we will continue pressuring the City of Tampa to support us and the undocumented, we will continue collecting signatures and seeking support from our city. We will continue pressuring Mayor Bob Buckhorn. We want legalization for all and drivers licenses in the state of Florida. Please follow us as we plan our next steps for licenses. Yes we can!

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Raíces en Tampa Event! Stop the Heartbreak – Feb 14th


Our speaker panel will be starring Chicano and Civil Rights leader Carlos Montes of Los Angeles. California State just started issuing driver’s licenses to the undocumented!

Join Raíces en Tampa, alongside other community groups, members and allies, as we discuss how to move forward with immigration reform. Many celebrated the announcement that relief was being extended to more undocumented after millions of deportations. However, we know that we must move forward until all are protected from the pain of deportation from their loved ones.

We gather on Valentine’s Day in the spirit of love and unity to have a panel discussion on how we can join together to fight for basic rights. Speakers representing many immigrant rights organizations will discuss using the momentum the community has already built and fighting to win more.

First United Church of Tampa
7308 East Fowler Ave. Tampa, FL 33617

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Feb 26 – Join Us!//Únete a nosotros! #DL4ALLFL

Hello Friends/Hola Amigos,
Raíces en Tampa wants to let you know of what is going on with the campaign to get Driver’s Licenses for All Undocumented in the State of Florida.

Raíces en Tampa quiere hacerle saber de lo que está pasando con la campaña para obtener licencias de conducir para todos los indocumentados en el Estado de Florida.
Los miembros de Raices y otros grupos de todo el Estado de Florida gusta: Dreamers Moms Orlando, United Families en Miami y SWER (Estudiantes que trabajan para la Igualdad de Derechos) han estado recogiendo las peticiones y el apoyo de Licencias para Todos. En este momento, tenemos casi dos mil firmas de todo el estado. La mayoría de los inmigrantes indocumentados. Personas de todo el estado continuarán recibiendo apoyo e instar a la gente a ponerse en forma en el impulso de licencias para todos!

En Tampa, Raices va a tener un evento el 26 de febrero Miércoles. Estará ubicado en el centro de Tampa y nos instará a la ciudad de Tampa y los políticos locales para apoyar Licencias para Todos indocumentados en la Florida. Necesitamos a todos a venir y apoyar esta causa.

Información para el evento:

Cuándo: 26 de febrero a las 6:00 pm
Dónde: City Hall


Members of Raices and other groups around the State of Florida like: Dreamers Moms Orlando, United Families in Miami and SWER (Students Working for Equal Rights) have been gathering petitions and support for Licenses for All. Right now, we have almost two thousand signatures from around the state. Most from Undocumented immigrants. People around the state will continue to gather support and urge people to get active in the push for Licenses for All!

In Tampa, Raices will be having an event on Wednesday February 26th. It will be located in Downtown Tampa and we will be urging the City of Tampa and local politicians to support Licenses for All Undocumented in Florida. We need everyone to come out and support this cause.

Information for the Event:

When: Feb 26th @6:00 pm
Where: City Hall

Also, in March we will be having a meeting to plan our next steps in the campaign. More information will come later!

También en marzo vamos a tener una reunión para planificar nuestros próximos pasos en la campaña. Más información vendrá después!

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Show Your Support! – Driver’s Licenses for All Undocumented Immigrants in Florida

Have you shown your support for Driver’s Licenses for All Undocumented – Florida? Do so now! All you have to do is write on a piece of paper that you “Support Licenses for All in Florida #DL4ALLFL” and email it to us at

There are only a few states that either currently offer driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants or that are about to.


Undocumented immigrants work, attend school and must drive to do these tasks. When pulled over, an undocumented immigrant could face YEARS in jail or even be deported!


The United States is home to over 11 MILLION undocumented immigrants, and spends an excessive $1.3 billion YEARLY on Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Secure Communities, wrongful detention and continued repressive efforts in the workplace. We are firmly against this and cannot support anything that favors that continued oppression.

We are Raíces en Tampa and we, along with all you (The People!) will move forward in full-force to add Florida as the next state to offer driver’s licenses to ALL undocumented immigrants. We all deserve to be safe drivers with a valid driver’s license! #DL4ALLFL

Take your picture and email it to:

(((We’ve already received many photo submissions! We’ll be releasing them SOON.)))

Sign our petition here:

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