Delayed-deportation immigrants can drive in Oregon

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon will issue driver’s licenses to young illegal immigrants accepted into a new federal delayed deportation program.

The Driver and Motor Vehicle Services Division announced the decision on Wednesday.

President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program allows some young immigrants brought illegally to the United States as children to avoid deportation for two years and obtain a work permit. Driver’s licenses will expire on the same day as the deferred-action documents.

Oregon requires proof of legal status before issuing driver’s licenses.

Gov. John Kitzhaber says in a statement that people must be able to get to work, and the decision will provide certainty for families and employers.

Illegal immigration opponent Jim Ludwick says immigrants in the deferred-action program do not have legal immigration status and shouldn’t be given driving privileges.

 

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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