Immigration Law

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Ninth Circuit Says Federal Immigration Law Preempts Arizona's Attempt to Deny DLs to DACA Recipients: ADAC v. Brewer
Posted on 6 Apr 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ADAC v. Brewer, Apr. 5, 2016 - "In sum, we find that DACA recipients are similarly situated in all relevant respects to other noncitizens eligible for drivers’ licenses under Arizona’s policy. And Arizona’s refusal to rely on EADs... Read More

USA to CA9: Let DREAMers Drive - (links updated)
Posted on 29 Aug 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Howard Fischer, Capitol Media Services, Aug. 28, 2015 - "The Obama administration late Friday urged federal judges to spurn efforts by Arizona to once again deny licenses to drive to “Dreamers.” Assistant Attorney General Lindsey... Read More

CA9 on DACA, Arizona, Driver Licenses: Arizona Dream Act Coalition v. Brewer
Posted on 7 Jul 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The federal government has enacted a program called “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” (“DACA”), which authorizes certain immigrants who came to the United States as children, without permission, to remain in the United... Read More

Michigan Will Issue Driver Licenses to DACA Grantees
Posted on 2 Feb 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The Michigan Department of State – in light of a recent reversal by federal officials on whether Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals participants are lawfully present – is now required to issue those participants driver’s license... Read More

DHS Statement Will Force States to Review Driver License Policies
Posted on 19 Jan 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The Department of Homeland Security clarified Friday that undocumented youth who are given work permits and deportation reprieve under the deferred action program are considered to be lawfully present in the United States. The updated guidelines... Read More

Texas DREAMers Will Be Able to Drive, Despite Gov. Perry's Bluster
Posted on 22 Aug 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Articles by Dianne Solís (Dallas Morning News) and Julian Aguilar (Texas Tribune) on driver license eligibility in Texas for deferred action grantees. Read More

Coalition Sues Arizona Over DACA Driver License Denials
Posted on 29 Nov 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A coalition of civil rights organizations today filed a class-action lawsuit challenging Arizona’s unconstitutional policy denying driver’s licenses to a specific class of immigrant youth even though they have grown up in the United... Read More

DACA, Driving and Daily Life
Posted on 19 Dec 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"As the number of unauthorized immigrants granted benefits under the Obama administration's recent deferred action program reaches a critical mass, it has rekindled debate over an enduring contentious issue — the role that immigration status... Read More

Nebraska to DACA Beneficiaries: Walk to Work
Posted on 20 Aug 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Nebraska has joined Arizona in opposing legal status for immigrants who are newly-documented under Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, setting up a constitutional battle while raising tough questions about the program."... Read More

Oregon OKs Driver Licenses for DACA Grantees
Posted on 17 Jan 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Following almost four months of deliberation, Oregon officials have decided to let young immigrants drive under President Barack Obama's deportation deferral program. Oregon Driver and Motor Vehicle Services will now accept deferred action work... Read More

Iowa DOT Under Fire for DACA Driver License Policy
Posted on 10 Jan 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The Iowa Department of Transportation’s interpretation of a federal action allowing some undocumented immigrants to legally remain in the U.S. came under sharp and bipartisan criticism during a hearing at the Capitol on Wednesday. The DOT... Read More

Arizona's DACAmented 'Dreamers' Can Drive!
Posted on 19 Dec 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Thousands of young immigrants protected from deportation under a federal program will begin lining up for Arizona driver’s licenses Monday after a federal judge removed the final barrier preventing them from applying for the documents. A preliminary... Read More

Alabama to Issue Driver Licenses to DACA Grantees
Posted on 14 Mar 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Alabama officials have announced that young immigrants who came to the country as children—also known as DREAMers—will be allowed to apply for state driver's licenses. The decision affects an estimated 10,000 to 20,000 DREAMers who... Read More

N. Carolina DVM Weighs DL Policy for DACA Grantees
Posted on 13 Jan 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A spokesperson for the NC DMV said it is seeking a legal opinion from the attorney general's office on the policy. It is unclear when a decision will be made but those against it say they are prepared to fight. “If this is in fact going... Read More

DREAMERS Challenge Michigan’s Policy Denying Driver Licenses: Lawsuit Filed
Posted on 19 Dec 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Three young immigrants and One Michigan, a youth-led organization that advocates on behalf of immigrants, filed a lawsuit today challenging the state’s policy of denying driver’s licenses to immigrant youth whom the federal government... Read More