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300 illegal immigrants seek NC driver's licenses

Posted March 25, 2013
Updated March 26, 2013

Driver's licenses issues to participants in the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program would be marked with the phrase "Legal Presence No Lawful Status."

— More than 300 illegal immigrants with permission to stay in the United States applied for special driver's licenses on the first day North Carolina made them available.

The state Division of Motor Vehicles says it processed 314 applications statewide on Monday to young people who qualified under the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The Obama administration initiative extends valid federal work permits to qualified applicants brought to the U.S. as children without authorization.

The state DMV last Friday abandoned plans for a special pink-striped license. The new licenses being issued are for a limited term and state in bold red letters that the holder has a "legal presence" but has "no lawful status" in the country.

Applicants with proper documentation got a temporary certificate valid for 20 days until the licenses are mailed.

The DMV stopped issuing licenses last fall to DACA participants, saying they wanted to make sure they weren't violating state law. The Attorney General's Office issued an opinion in January saying that the agency could provide licenses to people in the federal program.

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  • junkmail5 Mar 27, 2013

    Ignorance is no excuse for breaking a law, that is why Libs think everything they do/say is right.
    The Yoda

    And ignorance isn't intent. They're two _entirely_ different legal terms.

    Ignorance of the law is not a valid defense against criminal charges.

    Lack of criminal intent IS one.

  • The Yoda Mar 26, 2013

    FYI- intent is a requirement for most criminal charges says
    junkmail5

    Really Ossifer, I didn't intend to drive drunk, so you can't arrest me.

    Ignorance is no excuse for breaking a law, that is why Libs think everything they do/say is right.

  • msha Mar 26, 2013

    Just one of many ways for the Democrats to get votes. Also the reason obama won. If everything had been legal this past election; he would not have won. It's a shame to get the USA in the condition it is in [and it will get worse] just to win an election. WAKE UP AMERICA BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE.

  • Lindasue Mar 26, 2013

    What part of illegal don't people understand. Deport them now.

  • The Yoda Mar 26, 2013

    It's great that we are getting a record of all their information. As soon as their two years is up, we will know right where to go an get them for the big roundup. Since they have an expired license at that point they won't be able to drive the bus back home, too bad.

  • junkmail5 Mar 26, 2013

    if the criminal immigrant population cannot follow the laws we have for legal immigration- bngexpress

    these are people brought here as children. They had no criminal intent when they crossed the border.

    FYI- intent is a requirement for most criminal charges

  • bngexpress Mar 26, 2013

    if the criminal immigrant population cannot follow the laws we have for legal immigration , what makes anyone think they will obey or adapt to any of our other laws?

  • BernsteinIII Mar 26, 2013

    Where is ICE. Arrest them!!!!!

  • junkmail5 Mar 26, 2013

    l. It is illegal to be in this country without having documentation.
    leebmad

    Really? can you cite the specific law that says that?

  • Crumps Br0ther Mar 26, 2013

    Libs will fight for your ability to continually break laws they dont agree with

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