Decision by state to issue drivers licenses to DACA recipients hailed as victory for immigrants' rights
Caroline MacGregor February 4, 2013 | WGVU Ongoing
pressure on state officials to reverse their policy barring Deferred Action for
Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients from obtaining driver’s licenses has paid
The effort finally
succeeded following a federal lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties
Union and National Immigration Law Center against the state of Michigan for
denying driver’s licenses to young people with “lawful presence” in the
U.S. Martha Cortez is the CEO of the Hispanic Center of Western
Michigan calls it a great move for social justice and welcomes the Secretary of
The clarification from the federal government that was issued a couple of weeks before this new decision last week by our Secretary of State; both decisions were very welcome and so we appreciate the thoughtfulness at the Secretary of State's office for reviewing the new guidelines and making this possible.”
Cortez says young
immigrants needing transport to and from college and work have faced a huge
challenge as they try to achieve their dreams of a higher education.
"We have started to see the first round of young people make it successfully through the process in West Michigan and obtain their temporary employment authorization cards and it was disheartening for them a few months back to know Michigan was one of the few states in the country that was refusing to provide driver's licenses or state issued ID's for them to attempt to stabilize employment or attempt to access education.”
youth led organization, United We Dream and affiliate organization, the Arizona Dream Act Coalition, have also filed a lawsuit
challenging Arizona’s policy barring DACA-mented DREAMers from receiving
Arizona, are the only two remaining states who’ve refused to issue driver’s
licenses to immigrants who DACA recipients.
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