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OCA OPPOSES GEORGIA BILL PROPOSING ENGLISH-ONLY DRIVER’S EXAM
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OCA OPPOSES GEORGIA BILL PROPOSING ENGLISH-ONLY DRIVER’S EXAM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
30 March 2009

Sarah Smith | Communications Manager
202.223.5500 | ssmith@ocanational.org

WASHINGTON, D.C.--OCA, a national organization dedicated to advancing the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs), rejects Senate Bill 67 and pleads for the Georgia Congress to recognize the negative connotations a bill like this will have on the immigrant community in Georgia.

"The SB67 is a bill that will exclude certain people from obtaining a driver’s license in Georgia if they cannot pass the written exam available only in English. While some have said that the reason for offering the test promotes ‘safety,’ OCA believes this exclusionary bill will further prevent United States citizens with limited English proficiency from driving privileges that will ultimately help support their families,” said OCA National President Ken Lee. "Also, the state has offered no evidence to prove that those who have limited English proficiency cause more auto accidents.”

"My question is: If this is the start, then where is the end?,” said Lee."[Immigration and Naturalization Services] INS has resettled thousands of refugees in George, people who have had no choice. English is our language, but you have to give people a chance to get to their [English as a Second Language] ESL classes and to their jobs or they’ll have to rely on federally-funded programs as a way to survive,” said Alfred Yin, Former President, OCA-Georgia Chapter. "APAs do not support this.”

"We all know our country is in an economic crisis, and to take away privileges from hard-working citizens will only further their struggle. Citizens often need a driver’s license for simple business and governmental transactions,” said OCA Executive Director George Wu. "OCA asks that the state of Georgia uplift this sector of their population and support those ready to work.”

For more information about OCA, call 202.223.5500 or visit www.ocanational.org.
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