Thursday, February 14, 2013

Miranda statement on committee hearing of bill to allow deferred action recipients to get drivers’ licenses

Miranda statement on committee hearing of bill to allow deferred action recipients to get drivers’ licenses

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX Rep. Catherine Miranda, D-Phoenix (District 27), released the following statement today after the Transportation Committee heard testimony on HB 2032. This bill clarifies that deferred action recipients are able to use federally issued work permits to show that their presence is authorized when applying for drivers’ licenses. Currently, Arizona is one of a few states that prohibits deferred action recipients from getting drivers’ licenses.

Today HB 2032 was heard by the House Committee on Transportation. The testimony of various stakeholders and individuals affected by the current policy clearly justifies passage of this legislation. The testimony highlighted the economic benefits to Arizona that this bill will have. HB 2032 will help deferred action recipients get drivers’ licenses but it is also legislation that supports jobs. It will have an immediate economic benefit for those students who have been granted deferred action because it gives them the ability to drive to and from work.

“This session our State Legislature is focused on developing strategies that will attract new businesses to Arizona from all over the world. This legislation will send a message that Arizona is prepared to move beyond the type of immigration policies that created a negative image for the state. This bill will help Arizona’s reputation in the international business community. Mexico remains a major trading partner with the United States, and Arizona must compete with other border states for that business. Passage of HB 2032 will be a signal to other states and Mexico that Arizona is ready to embrace common-sense immigration reform and that Arizona is better able to create a more positive business atmosphere.”

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