Immigration Law

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NY Gov. Cuomo Signs 'Green Light' Bill (S1747B)
Posted on 18 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Denis Slattery, NY Daily News, June 17, 2019 "Undocumented immigrants will have access to driver’s licenses under a law green-lighted by the Legislature on Monday and signed by Gov. Cuomo hours after he’d tried to tap the brakes on... Read More

California Driver License Program Hits Unexpected Hurdle: Trust
Posted on 5 Mar 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Last year, when California became the most populous state to pass a law permitting undocumented residents to obtain driver’s licenses, advocates for immigrant rights were thrilled, saying it would allow people to commute without fear while... Read More

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

Georgia Driver License Victory: Chavez v. Milkell
Posted on 29 Apr 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Chavez v. Milkell, Apr. 19, 2016 - "Because the USCIS SAVE Verification Report indicates "( c)( 1 0)" classification for the Petitioner which means he has a pending application for adjustment of status to that of lawful permanent resident... Read More

CA9 Amends ADAC v. Brewer (Ariz. Driver Licenses, DACA)
Posted on 3 Feb 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ADAC v. Brewer, Feb. 2, 2017 - "The court’s opinion filed on April 5, 2016, appearing at 818 F.3d 901 (9th Cir. 2016), is hereby amended. An amended opinion, including a concurrence by Judge Berzon, is filed herewith." Read More

Another Georgia DL Victory: Villegas Torres v. Mikell
Posted on 2 May 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Villegas Torres v. Mikell, Apr. 20, 2016 - "The Court finds that the DDS's decision to cancel and/or not renew Petitioner's license is not supported by the evidence because she submitted satisfactory evidence to show lawful status under 6... Read More

TCA3: Statutory, Regulatory Changes Moot TX Driver License Lawsuit
Posted on 2 Nov 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"[I]n light of the statutory amendments and rule changes, we must conclude that the Applicants’ administrative challenges to former Rules 15.171 and 15.24 are indeed moot." - Texas Dept. of Public Safety, et al. v. Salazar, et al., Oct... Read More

DHS Final Rule for REAL ID-Compliant Driver Licenses, ID Cards
Posted on 28 Dec 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Pursuant to REAL ID regulations, beginning December 1, 2014, federal agencies may not accept State-issued driver’s licenses or identification cards for official purposes from individuals born after December 1, 1964, unless the license or card... Read More

"Lawful Presence" Documentation Requirments for Texas DL: Chart
Posted on 12 Oct 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"There are several requirements all applicants must meet in order to obtain a Texas driver license or identification card, including most notably identity and social security requirements. The following is a guide to assist driver license personnel... 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

Deciding Who Drives: State Choices Surrounding Unauthorized Immigrants and Driver Licenses
Posted on 24 Aug 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"U.S. citizens and lawful immigrants can routinely obtain and renew driver’s licenses, but some states have decided to allow unauthorized immigrants—those who do not have explicit permission from the U.S. government to reside in the country—to... 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

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