Immigrants Who Qualify For Deferred Action Asking For Arizona Driver’s Licenses

By Alexandra Olgin
Published: Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 4:53pm
(Photo courtesy of Arizona Motor Vehicle Division)
Examples of Arizona driver’s licenses.

Young immigrants who qualify for the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program were able to start getting Arizona driver’s licenses last December after a long court battle. Now, immigrants who are in the United States under other deferred action categories are asking for the same right.

The National Immigration Law Center sent the governor and Arizona Department of Transportation a letter asking the state to rescind its policy that prevents some immigrants federally authorized to live in the U.S. from getting an Arizona license.

The letter is on behalf of one man who was denied a license renewal. He’s here under the deferred action policy for a battered or abused spouse or child.

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The letter argues the state’s current policy violates the court ruling in the DACA case, which says the state can’t offer licenses to some immigrants temporarily allowed to stay and not to others without a reason.

An ADOT spokesman said the agency is reviewing the letter. 

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