A proposal to impound vehicles for drivers with an invalid license without an arrest is in the works to go to the Austin city council.
The public safety commission, though, voted not to endorse the proposal in a 5-5 vote. Some commissioners voiced concerns it would disproportionately affect a group of people too much.
Immigration organizer Alejandro Caceres with Grassroots Leadership in Austin went further and said this would be an attack on the immigrant community.
“It feels like it is a way for the city of Austin if it does decide to move forward with this policy to push out undocumented immigrants out of this city,” Caceres said.
Caceres says the state does not allow undocumented immigrants to get a license. That’s why he wants the legislature instead to change that.
“We need to make sure that the people who are driving on our streets are qualified to drive so we need to be able to get drivers licenses,” Caceres said.
One commissioner did talk about proposing to the city council to have them lobby the legislature to get a bill like that passed. The commission said they’ll talk about that in their next meeting.
The proposal does not need an endorsement from the commission. Manley said they plan on taking it to the council in the next couple months.