There was roaring applause at First Churches on Monday night when Rebecca Fricke, district aide to state Rep. Ellen Story, read a statement from the Amherst Democrat declaring support for two bills designed to reform immigration policies on the local level. One of those bills is the Trust Act, H.1613, which would prevent individuals released by judges and magistrates from then being detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers. The other is the Safe Driving Act, H.3285, which would allow undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses if they pass a driving test and carry liability insurance. “I call these two bills common-sense bills, and I support both of them,” Fricke read from Story’s statement.

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