Tag: Driver’s Licenses

States Continue to Expand Access to Driver’s Licenses for Undocumented Residents

Written by on August 19, 2015 in State and Local with 1 Comment
States Continue to Expand Access to Driver’s Licenses for Undocumented Residents

Currently, ten states and the District of Columbia offer driver’s licenses to undocumented residents of their states who can meet certain requirements. Two additional states, Hawaii and Delaware, passed similar laws this year, with others also beginning their pursuit of this practical public safety and economic policy. For example, a bill was introduced in the […]

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Annual Review of State-Level Immigration Policy Still Trending Pro-Immigrant

Written by on August 11, 2015 in Integration, State and Local with 0 Comments
Annual Review of State-Level Immigration Policy Still Trending Pro-Immigrant

After long legal battles over punitive, state anti-immigration laws like Arizona’s SB1070 and Alabama’s HB56, state governments learned the limits on what types of immigration policies they can set at the local level. Since then, states have begun moving in a new direction by more generally enacting state immigration laws that seek to protect, integrate […]

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Presidential Candidate O’Malley’s Immigration Record

Written by on June 1, 2015 in Elections with 0 Comments
Presidential Candidate O’Malley’s Immigration Record

On Saturday, former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley became the third Democratic candidate to enter the 2016 presidential race. In his announcement, O’Malley said that “for the sake of our country’s security, and our country’s well-being, and our country’s economic growth” comprehensive immigration reform must include a path to citizenship. However, O’Malley has not only been […]

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States Begin New Year by Implementing New Immigration Laws

Written by on January 6, 2015 in State and Local with 3 Comments
States Begin New Year by Implementing New Immigration Laws

Many of the positive immigration reforms approved in 2014 happened in the states. Despite federal inaction on federal immigration reform, state and local officials took pragmatic steps to help undocumented immigrants living in their communities better integrate. Connecticut and California were two of 10 states as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico […]

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Could New Jersey Be the 12th State to Offer Driver’s Licenses to Undocumented Immigrants?

Written by on October 7, 2014 in Integration, State and Local with 7 Comments
Could New Jersey Be the 12th State to Offer Driver’s Licenses to Undocumented Immigrants?

Driving is a key component of U.S. culture. People drive to work and school, to run errands and to pick up their kids. Part of being integrated in U.S. culture increasingly means having the ability to get to the grocery store, to church, to community functions, and to health clinics—and in most U.S. communities you […]

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New York Legislators Propose State’s Own Brand of Immigration Reform

Written by on June 18, 2014 in State and Local with 1 Comment
New York Legislators Propose State’s Own Brand of Immigration Reform

While Congress drags its feet on immigration reform, states and cities push the envelope further to help immigrants already living in their communities. On Monday, two New York state legislators introduced the “New York is Home” Act, S. 7879 and A. 10129. It is sweeping legislation that would establish “state citizenship” for New Yorkers. The […]

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All the Action on Immigration is (Still) in the States

Written by on May 8, 2014 in Integration, State and Local with 0 Comments
All the Action on Immigration is (Still) in the States

Although their fate ultimately likes in federal immigration reform, unauthorized immigrants are getting much help from state and local officials who are taking pragmatic steps to allow  undocumented immigrants to pay in-state tuition and to limit local law enforcement from honoring immigration detainers issued by federal immigration authorities. On the tuition equity front, the Republican-controlled […]

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Why Allowing All Immigrants to Drive Legally Is Good Policy

Why Allowing All Immigrants to Drive Legally Is Good Policy

Immigrants across the country are helping to revitalize declining areas and growing state and local economies, and local officials increasingly recognize the vital roles of these immigrant workers, business owners, and entrepreneurs. Some states and cities are creating welcoming initiatives to draw immigrants to and help them integrate into their communities. To facilitate the integration […]

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New Mexico Governor Uses Anti-Immigrant Driver’s License Proposal as Fundraising Tool

Written by on February 11, 2014 in State and Local with 3 Comments
New Mexico Governor Uses Anti-Immigrant Driver’s License Proposal as Fundraising Tool

Joan Friedland is a senior advisor at the National Immigration Law Center. For the fifth time in four years, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is trying to get the legislature to repeal the 2003 law granting licenses to all eligible drivers, regardless of their immigration status. There’s no reasonable expectation that the bill she supports […]

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D.C. Follows 11 Other States Allowing Undocumented Immigrants to Drive Legally

Written by on November 19, 2013 in Integration, State and Local with 3 Comments
D.C. Follows 11 Other States Allowing Undocumented Immigrants to Drive Legally

As House leaders delay on passing immigration reform that would help millions of immigrants already in the U.S., Washington, D.C., officials are taking steps to improve the lives of undocumented immigrants who call the city home. Last week the D.C. Council passed a bill, written by Council member Mary Cheh, which allows undocumented residents to […]

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