List of States Considering Driver’s Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants Grows (HuffPost)

List of States Considering Driver’s Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants Grows

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While in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants continues to be a hot issue, particularly in states like Texas, state legislatures across the country are now dealing with a new immigration related issue — driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants.

Proposals that allow undocumented immigrants to gain access to driving privileges are not new. A number of states, Puerto Rico included, already offer driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants. But this year, a new push across a variety of states has put the issue back on the table.

Nebraska is currently the only state that bars Deferred Action (DACA) recipients from applying for driver’s licenses. Currently, 270,000 undocumented immigrants are exposed to driving infractions for driving without a license, despite being shielded from deportation by DACA. The issue is currently headed to the courtroom, where the American Civil Liberties Union is suing the Attorney general over the issue:

In a case that pits the American Civil Liberties Union against Nebraska’s attorney general, most testimony will be submitted in depositions. The trial should conclude in a day.

Nonetheless, the judge’s ruling in coming months could have a dramatic impact on the lives of 2,700 or more young immigrants in Nebraska brought to the country illegally when they were children.

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