TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) – Fewer than half of the young immigrants who now
qualify for Arizona driver’s licenses have actually obtained them.
About 20,000 young people who are part of a federal program that
protects them from deportation and assigns them a Social Security number
qualify for licenses, but the state Department of Transportation says
only about 6,700 of them have obtained one.
Arizona is among the last states to allow immigrants in the Deferred
Action for Childhood Arrivals program to get licenses. In January, a
federal judge issued a permanent injunction against a state policy
denying so-called DREAMers licenses, although the state is appealing
Advocates say misinformation is to blame, in part, for the low turnout.
But in states like Colorado and California, immigrants who are now
eligible for licenses have turned out in high numbers.
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