Young undocumented immigrants ask for right to drive
Caroline MacGregor December 5, 2012 | WGVU
Tuesday’s commission meeting several Hispanic families asked for help to get
the state to change a policy that stops them from the right to obtain a driver
Secretary of State Ruth Johnson says President Obama’s federal policy that
gives a renewable two-year deportation deferral to qualified applicants does
not mean undocumented immigrants can automatically receive driver licenses.
federal policy affects illegal immigrants who arrived in America before 16, are
younger than 31, have been here for at least five years, and are enrolled in or
have already graduated high school. The
issue centers of over legal status versus legal presence. The President’s two
year deferral program does not make the individual legally present in the
listening to the group, Mayor Heartwell was moved enough by their plight to promise
to use the city’s influence in Lansing to try to bring change to the state’s legal
requirements regarding driver’s licenses for those in the deferral program.
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