Wednesday, September 18, 2013

STATEMENT: Gallego on MVD policy denying more immigrants driver’s licenses ‘This new decision makes a bad policy worse’

STATEMENT: Gallego on MVD policy denying more immigrants driver’s licenses

‘This new decision makes a bad policy worse’

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIXRep. Ruben Gallego, D-Phoenix (District 27), released this statement regarding a new Arizona Motor Vehicle Division policy, which prohibits the agency from issuing driver’s licenses to some immigrants who are authorized to live and work in the United States.

Arizona is now one of the only states in the country that has chosen to deny driver’s licenses to some lawfully present immigrants. This decision appears to be motivated by politics. Last year, the governor prohibited the MVD from issuing licenses to immigrants granted permission to stay in the country under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy. That order unfairly targeted a group of young immigrants, known as Dreamers.

“This new order makes a bad policy worse. It extends an unjustified practice beyond the Dreamers to even more immigrants who have permission from the federal government to live and work here. In a recent opinion, a federal district court judge indicated that the governor’s order to deny licenses to Dreamers was discriminatory. Instead of correcting the problem, the new policy exacerbates it.

“I am urging the governor to stop playing political games.  We should be focused on finding common-sense solutions to the immigration issues facing our nation and our state.  We need a system that supports the pursuit of the American dream.”


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