Should beneficiaries from the Obama Deferred Action plan Childhood Arrivals be able to obtain driver’s licenses?
Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson has said earlier this month that she would deny driver’s license and identification cards to illegal immigrants who would benefit from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
About 50 West Michigan residents plan to protest Johnson’s policy on Wednesday, Oct. 24, outside a Secretary of State branch office at Rogers Plaza in Wyoming. They believe immigrants covered under Obama’s plan — those who arrived before age 16 and who were not older than 31 as of June 15, 2012 — should have the opportunity to drive legally.
Attorney Robert Alvarez, who sides with the protesters, said that this is about common sense.
“USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) is entitling them to work, saying they are not going to be deported, they are eligible for obtaining a Social Security number and go to school. If (the government) is giving them these privileges, why are they not considered legally present?” Alvarez questioned.”