Friday, August 17, 2012

California Will Issue Drivers Licenses to Deferred Action Recipients

Unlike the position of Governor Brewer in Arizona, California will issue a drivers license to DACA applicants who obtain employment authorization.

From UT San Diego:

California’s Department of Motor Vehicles will start issuing driver’s licenses to those here illegally who qualify for President Obama’s two-year stay of deportation, potentially reigniting political battles in the state Capitol over undocumented immigrants.

“We’re not changing the law. We’re not bending the rules,” said Armando Botello, a DMV spokesman.

Botello said state law allows DMV to grant driver’s licenses to those who have what’s called an “employment authorization document.”

“It’s one of the documents accepted for years as proof of legal presence. We will accept that,” Botello said.

Botello said DMV did not consider the political controversy in making the decision.

“Our people who specialize in this — they looked at the rules. They consulted with our legal office and they made the decision,” he said.

The decision, which has not publicly announced, drew a sharp rebuke from Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, R-Twin Peaks, a strident opponent of government services for undocumented immigrants. Read more..


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