DREAMers in Limbo as States Flip Flop on Driver's Licenses

"Michigan law requires a customer be here legally and the information we have from the federal government…is that [deferred action] does not grant legal status, so under Michigan law we can't issue the licenses," a spokeswoman for the Michigan Department of State told ABC/Univision in December.

Nevada interprets the program differently. Governor Brian Sandoval issued a statement in late November indicating that because deferred action recipients have employment authorization cards, and that card is issued by the Department of Homeland Security, the work permits count as a valid form of identification for people applying for driver's licenses.

Immigrants' rights groups, such as the National Immigration Law Center, and undocumented young people have called on states to issue licenses. DREAMers, particularly those who live in rural and suburban areas, say it can be nearly impossible to get to work unless they drive.

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