When she turns 16 over the next year, Michelle plans to apply for a driver’s license—so her parents, undocumented immigrants, will not be forced to drive terrified of being stopped as they transport her little brother to his critical medical appointments.

Michelle, who declined to give her last name to protect her family, told her story at a moving Three Kings Day ceremony that drew over 400 people and top city and state politicians to St. Rose of Lima Church in Fair Haven.

Two gifts announced at the church Sunday were not the spices of Gaspar, Melchior, and Balthazar to baby Jesus, but two big pieces of contemporary news: St. Rose’s Father Jim Manship announced that Gov. Malloy has given his OK to a change in DMV regulations that will now give access to a legal driver’s license to “youth who have received deferred action status from the federal government.”

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