Will Illegals Get Texas ID Cards And Driver’s Licenses?
At the end of the extracted article, an immigration lawyer said: “Immigration attorneys and civil rights attorneys, we’ll be ready [to sue]. And they can involve the state in expensive litigation. Good times to be had for all.” No wonder our country is being destroyed by lawyers!
by Julián Aguilar, The Texas Tribune: Immigration lawyers and legal scholars say applicants who are approved for deferred action will be able to obtain state-issued ID cards and driver’s licenses under state policies, despite their lack of official legal status in the country.
Gov. Rick Perry on Monday issued a memo to state agencies reminding them that despite the federal policy that allows some illegal immigrants a two-year reprieve from deportation and a renewable work permit, known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, Texas' policies on individuals in the country illegally remain unchanged.
Perry’s office said the governor had no plans to issue an executive order to amend any state policies and did not mention a specific agency he was concerned with. Instead, he used the federal government’s own words to reiterate that applicants — even if approved — hold no status or pathway to citizenship.
“In fact, the [Department of Homeland Security] secretary specifically closed her directive by explaining that [t]his memorandum confers no substantive right, immigration status or pathway to citizenship,” Perry wrote in a letter to Attorney General Greg Abbott dated Aug. 16.
Texas Department of Public Safety rules mandate that applicants for driver’s licenses or IDs or for their renewals prove they are in the country legally.
“An applicant who is not a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, lawful permanent resident, refugee, or asylee must present lawful presence documentation issued by the appropriate federal immigration authority when applying for a non-commercial driver license or identification card,” DPS policy states in its 26-page Temporary Visitor Issuance Guide.
It’s this policy — combined with specific federal definitions of legal status and presence — that immigration lawyers cite as proof that approved deferred action applicants can obtain the state-issued IDs. Even though the form for DACA, the I-821D, is not on the DPS’s current list of acceptable documents, the DPS guidelines indicate that people “granted deferred action status” are allowed a license or ID that must be renewed annually provided they supply the proper documents.
Some people eligible for deferred action began applying last week, and attorneys say it could take weeks or months to receive a response. But attorneys say approved applicants would qualify for a license, even though they may lack status. . . . [Rest of the Article with Links]
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