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Letters, Jun 10

Support driving bill

My name is Jocksana and I am a happily married mother of two children, I go to Southern Oregon University and work full-time. I have a GPA of 3.9 as a psychology major. I am also undocumented.

I am 35 years old and I have never driven a car. My mother brought me to the United States from Mexico when I was a child.

As I was growing up, I watched as all of my friends learned how to drive and got licenses as a rite of passage of growing up in the United States. When anyone noticed that I was not learning to drive or excited to get a driver’s license I would say things like, “Oh I don’t want to drive,” or “I am scared of driving,” to avoid the shame of admitting that I was undocumented and could not get a license.

I take the bus or carpool or ride my bike and have surrendered to a life without driving. However, I would like to see young people who do not have documentation have a better option. I would like to see less shame and fear around the simple act of learning how to drive. It seems unnecessary to increase the many obstacles we face as Dreamers to continue to prevent us from learning how to drive.

Please support House Bill 2015. It will provide safer roads as well as greater opportunities to those of us who are already an important part of society.

Jocksana Corona

Ashland

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