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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

Michigan Will Grant Drivers Licenses to DACA Recipients

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From the Michigan ACLU:


A coalition of civil rights organizations welcomed Michigan
Secretary of State's decision today to drop an unlawful policy that
prevented young immigrants brought to the country as children - commonly
known as DREAMers - from receiving driver's licenses and identification
cards in the state.

The coalition, which includes the American Civil Liberties Union and
the National Immigration Law Center, filed a federal lawsuit in December
asking a court to rule that recipients of the Deferred Action for
Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program are legally authorized to be in the
United States and, therefore, are eligible for licenses. Today's
decision comes just two weeks after the federal government issued
guidance confirming that DREAMers are authorized to live and work in the
country.


Miriam Aukerman, staff attorney with the ACLU of Michigan, said:
"Today's announcement is a tremendous victory for the thousands of young
people who may not have been born here, however have only known this
country to be home. They have the same dreams as other young Americans
-- contribute to their communities and make a difference in the world.
Last June, the federal government gave them a chance to fulfill these
dreams. Today, Secretary of State Ruth Johnson is helping to make their
dreams a reality. We look forward to dismissing our lawsuit and turning
the page to a more welcoming and inclusive Michigan."


Michael Tan, staff attorney with the ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project,
said: "We're thrilled that DREAMers in Michigan will now be able to get
driver's licenses, so they can continue going to classes, keep their
jobs and help their families. The small fraction of states that are
still considering banning DREAMers from the roads should do the same.
Our national leaders have acknowledged the need to enact a common-sense,
humane immigration plan, and what better way for states to move in that
direction than by passing policies that welcome, rather than
marginalize, our hard-working immigrant youth."


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