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Every day, Celia Mota’s only option is to drive without a license, risking deportation and separation from her family. When Celia’s brother-in-law was wrongfully arrested four years ago, she and her sister Alejandra Mota found hope and faith with New Sanctuary Movement. After winning a multi-year court battle to keep their family together, they decided to fight for other people in their situation. Now they are leading a campaign for driver’s licenses for all Pennsylvanians, regardless of immigration status.

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New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia

New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia builds community across faith, ethnicity, and class in our work to end injustices against immigrants regardless of immigration status, express radical welcome for all, and ensure that values of dignity, justice, and hospitality are lived out in practice and upheld in policy.

History of the Fight for Drivers Licenses

New Sanctuary Movement campaigns are chosen by their immigrant community members. In order to choose their campaign, members held a two-month “Listening Campaign” and held one-on-one conversations with 200 immigrants in Philadelphia. The results were strong: 59% of the the 200 people we spoke with chose obtaining driver’s licenses as the most important issue to improve their lives. NSM is happy to join their allies in Lucha Pro-Licencias PA in the fight for driver’s licenses for undocumented Pennsylvanians!

NSM is fighting for unmarked driver’s licenses, meaning a drivers license that looks the same as any Pennsylvanian resident. They support Pennsylvania House Bill 1648, introduced by Representative Mark Cohen in the Transportation Committee of the Pennsylvania legislature.

Their driver’s license committee meets twice monthly to determine strategy, build allies, and organize and educate our community.

Visit New Sanctuary of Philadelphia’s website for more.