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Timing is Everything: Getting Your Driver’s License or Social Security Number
Posted on 20 Jan 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

[Source: http://www.ice.gov/doclib/sevis/pdf/bm1112-05-dmv-timing.pdf ] To: All SEVIS Users Date: January 17, 2012 Re: Timing is Everything: Getting Your Driver’s License or Social Security Number Number: 1112-05 Comments To comment... Read More

Texas Sued for Issuing Child-Care License to Immigration Jail
Posted on 4 May 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Madlin Mekelburg, Texas Tribune, May 3, 2016 - "A nonprofit organization has sued the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services for issuing a temporary child-care license to an immigration detention facility in Karnes City. Grassroots Leadership... Read More

N. Carolina Attorney General Opinion: DACA Grantees 'Legally Present' for DL Purposes
Posted on 17 Jan 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Based upon our review of the historical background and legal concepts applicable to prosecutorial discretion and deferred status in the enforcement of immigration laws, we believe that individuals who present documentation demonstrating a grant... Read More

Arizona Expands Immigrant License Ban
Posted on 18 Sep 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Arizona, one of only two states that deny driver’s licenses to young undocumented immigrants allowed to stay and work, is expanding the ban to include any immigrant granted deferred action from deportation. Most of those affected by the decision... Read More

Colorado to Issue IDs, Driver Licenses to Immigrants Regardless of Status
Posted on 3 Aug 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Colorado will begin issuing driver's licenses and identification cards to immigrants Friday regardless of their legal status, underscoring a sea change in a state that less than a decade ago passed strict immigration enforcement laws. Now, thousands... Read More

Georgia Immigration Law Puts Doctors and Nurses Out of Work
Posted on 13 Nov 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A new immigration law in Georgia requires everyone licensed by the state to prove citizenship. But the law is having an unintended consequence: many health care workers, included doctors and nurses, are losing their licenses because of a paperwork... Read More

Arizona's 'Dreamer' License Ban Affects U.S. Citizens
Posted on 25 Feb 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"John Roberts, a retired postal worker from Topeka, tried to use his Kansas driver’s license to apply for an Arizona driver’s license after relocating to Waddell, a community west of Phoenix. “I was told, ‘We don’t accept... Read More

California OKs Driver Licenses for Immigrants
Posted on 4 Oct 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"California on Thursday joined the growing list of states that allow immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally to obtain driver's licenses — a measure supported not only by Latino activists but by police chiefs and insurance authorities... Read More

Florida Governor Vetoes DACA Driver License Bill
Posted on 5 Jun 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday vetoed a bill that would have allowed children of immigrants who are not U.S. citizens to use a new federal form to get temporary Florida driver licenses. Scott said he vetoed HB 235 because it would have benefited people... Read More

Tags: daca , hb 235 , veto , scott , Florida , license

Next Gen N. Carolina Driver Licenses Will Target Non-Citizens
Posted on 23 Feb 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The move by North Carolina to clearly mark all people who are not U.S. citizens on their next driver’s license raises a personal concern for Winston-Salem attorney Helen Parsonage, a British citizen who is a “permanent resident”... Read More

Court Enjoins New Mexico's Foreign National Residency Certification Program
Posted on 8 Oct 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Immigrant advocates in New Mexico praised a court settlement announced last week that effectively laid to rest a controversial driver’s license certification program implemented by the state Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) last year. In a mutually... Read More

Iowa Will Issue Driver Licenses to DACA Grantees
Posted on 24 Jan 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Almost 5,000 young immigrants in Iowa who are being allowed to stay and work in the United States will be eligible to apply for a state-issued driver’s license under a policy reversal announced Wednesday by the Iowa Department of Transportation... Read More

Tags: daca , Iowa , license

Judge Orders Brewer to Release Documents in AZ DREAMer License Lawsuit (link added)
Posted on 16 Jan 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Rejecting claims of privilege, a federal judge on Wednesday ordered Gov. Jan Brewer to turn over internal documents and memos leading up to her decision to deny driver's licenses to “dreamers.” Judge David Campbell ruled that the... Read More

New North Carolina Driver Licenses Will Flag Non-U.S. Citizens
Posted on 21 Feb 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Newly designed North Carolina driver’s licenses coming this summer will be used to distinguish people who are not U.S. citizens, a measure that state transportation officials describe as a safeguard against voter fraud and civil-rights advocates... Read More

Alabama Immigration Law Gridlocks Licensing Process
Posted on 22 Oct 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A catch-22 in Alabama’s immigration law may be preventing some legal immigrants from getting state licenses to work in a wide range of professions, from nursing to general contracting. The immigration law, passed in 2010, says that non-U.S... Read More