Mariana Alvarez, a field worker from Salem, speaks at a rally in front of the Oregon state Capitol in favor of expanding driver's license access to undocumented immigrants Tuesday, March 26, 2019, in Salem, Ore. Alvarez says that she lives in fear of being separated from her family if she's caught driving without a license. (AP Photo/Sarah Zimmerman)
SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Every time Mariana Alvarez leaves her home, she crosses herself in prayer in hopes she will be able to return to her three children.
Alvarez moved to Salem from Mexico, and lives in Oregon without proof of legal residence. Under state law, that means she isn't eligible for a driver's license.
A quick trip to the grocery store or to the doctor's office could end in her deportation, and she told a crowd of hundreds of immigrant rights activists on Tuesday that she constantly lives "in fear of being separated."