Oregon may grant driving privileges to undocumented immigrants

Immigrant rights advocates rally outside the Oregon state Capitol in favor of a measure that would expand driver's license access to undocumented immigrants Tuesday, March 26, 2019, in Salem, Ore. Oregon lawmakers are considering the change as it prepares to overhaul its state identification system in compliance with federal law. (AP Photo/Sarah Zimmerman)
photo 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."

But