Dreamers Sue To Stop Michigan From Denying Driver’s Licenses

Civil rights groups sued Michigan Secretary Of State Ruth Johnson (R) on Wednesday for blocking driver’s licenses for undocumented young people given deportation relief by the president. Denying the group licenses makes many unable to use their newly-granted work authorization, attend school or simply get around.

The American Civil Liberties Union and National Immigration Law Center filed the Michigan suit on behalf of three undocumented young people and a youth immigrant group, One Michigan.

Receiving driver’s licenses is a significant issue to the estimated 1.76 million young undocumented immigrants — often called Dreamers — in Michigan who may be eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

The two-year deferred action means that in most states, those undocumented immigrants can apply for driver’s licenses. But Michigan, Arizona and Nebraska governments have refused to grant licenses to Dreamers who have been granted deportation reprieve.

For more on this issue, see the full article at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/19/dreamers-michigan-drivers-licenses_n_2331427.html

Source: The Huffington Post