Statement from Quezada regarding driver’s licenses for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals permit holders
“Recently, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security clarified that a young person whose immigration case has been deferred is not considered to be unlawfully present in the country during the time that deferred action is in effect. The youth who qualify for deferred action are those who are working to achieve the American dream. Many of them are in school or are serving our country in the military.
“Given this clarification from DHS, there is no question that people who have been granted deferred action should be able to receive Arizona driver’s licenses. I ask that the governor rescind the executive order she issued that prevents this from happening.
“DHS made it perfectly clear, if a person has been granted deferred action, his or her presence is lawful and he or she should be treated as such.”
The “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” program allows certain young people, who were brought into the country as children, who are not a risk to national security or public safety, and who meet other criteria, to be considered for temporary relief from deportation. For more information on the program and a list of eligibility criteria, go to http://www.dhs.gov/news/2012/06/15/secretary-napolitano-announces-deferred-action-process-young-people-who-are-low.