MEET THE PEOPLE (AND STATES) WHO’VE BLOCKED DRIVER’S LICENSE FOR DACA BENEFICIARIES!
Currently there are 5 states that have formally blocked Deferred Action beneficiaries from obtaining Driver’s Licenses. Let’s take a look at the people responsible for these unjust actions, and what YOU can do to help undocumented youth in those states who won’t be able to drive themselves to work.
Governor Jan “The Grinch” Brewer, unsurprisingly, conjured up an executive order shorty after the Deferred Action program came into effect on August 15th, 2012. Brewer’s order, which bars DACA beneficiaries from receiving Driver’s Licenses in the state of Arizona, was the first to issue such an order. Sounds just about right for the state that gave birth to SB1070.
How To Help: The ACLU, MALDEF and NILC have sued the state of Arizona over the matter. Contact The Arizona Dream Act Coalition for information on how to get involved, and help combat Jan Brewer’s block on DACA beneficiaries.
— Send a Tweet or a Facebook post to Jan Brewer, and tell her how you feel about her Executive order. —
Department of Transportation Director Paul Trombino stated that his department does not recognize DACA beneficiaries to be “authorized to be present,” in the United States, which consequently bars them from receiving Driver’s Licenses under Iowa law.
How To Help: An online petition has been created, and circulated, calling for Iowa to grant Driver’s Licenses to DACA beneficiaries. SIGN IT HERE.
— Send a Tweet or a Facebook post to Iowa’s Department of Transportation, and let them know how you feel about their ban on DACA Driver’s Licenses. —
Michigan’s Secretary of State, Ruth Johnson, must have a lot of spare time in order to initiate a witch hunt against DACA beneficiaries. Following the logic of Nebraska, the state of Michigan does not provide Driver’s Licenses or state ID cards, because “the DACA doesn’t grant legal status to the individual that’s participating,”
How To Help: OneMichigan, an immigrant youth led organization, has partnered up with Michigan’s ACLU and, just like in Arizona, have sued the state in order to overturn the State Department’s decision. They have also launched an online petition, which you can SIGN HERE.
— Send a Tweet or a Facebook post to Michigan’s Department of State, and let them know how you feel about their ban on DACA Driver’s Licenses. —
Governor Phill Bryant issued an executive order that effectively blocks DACA beneficiaries from receiving any state bound benefits, including Driver’s Licenses. The state also joined in a lawsuit against the Obama administration, and its decision to implement the Deferred Action program. What’s your deal Mississippi?
How To Help: An online petition has been created on Change.org, calling on Gov. Bryant to reverse his decision to bar DACA beneficiaries from receiving Driver’s Licenses. SIGN IT HERE.
— Send a Tweet or a Facebook post to Phyl Bryant, and tell him how you feel about his Executive order. —
Friend of Gov. Jan Brewer, Governor Dave Heineman, declared that his state “will continue its practice of not issuing driver’s licenses, welfare benefits or other public benefits to illegal immigrants unless specifically authorized by Nebraska statute,”
— Send a Tweet or a Facebook post to Dave Heineman, and tell him how you feel about his Executive order. —
**Previously, North Carolina and Oregon both considered banning DACA beneficiaries from receiving Driver’s Licenses. After public, and online, outcry both states have reconsidered their stances and have begun issuing licenses once again. Great work to the North Carolina Dream Team and Oregon DreamActivist!**