Hundreds of activists and immigrants from across New York traveled to Albany on Tuesday to call on Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state lawmaker to allow driver's licenses for immigrants in the country without legal permission.
The New York Immigration Coalition, an organization pushing for immigrants' rights, rallied outside the Capitol and in a nearby theater, urging Cuomo and the Legislature to take up the measure as part of the state budget, which is due March 31.
The bill, which was first proposed more than a decade ago, has been consistently stymied in Albany, dating back to then-Gov. Eliot Spitzer's ill-fated push for it in 2007.
But immigrants and some lawmakers are hoping this is the year it will be passed, boosted by a newly Democratic Senate and Cuomo's pledge to sign it should lawmakers approve.
Those who rallied Tuesday made clear they intend to hold Cuomo to that promise.
"Cuomo!" they chanted in Spanish. "Listen up! We're fighting!"