Bill would make immigrant licenses same as others

Posted February 28, 2013

— A plan to give some illegal immigrants specially designed driver's licenses is attracting opposition from some lawmakers.

House Bill 184 would require that licenses issued to people in the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program "shall not be distinguishable in any manner from other licenses."

State transportation officials have said that the Division of Motor Vehicles will start issuing driver’s licenses and ID cards on March 25 to DACA participants. The program blocks deportation of and grants work permits to those who were brought to the country illegally as young children.

The DMV said the licenses would be vertical instead of horizontal, would bear a bright pink strip across the top instead of dark blue and would have the phrase "No Lawful Status" imprinted on them. The licenses also would expire on the date that a person's deferred-action status ends.

The American Civil Liberties Union has complained that the DACA participants are essentially being given second-class licenses, but Gov. Pat McCrory maintains that the licenses must be clearly marked to prevent the bearers from accessing government services or registering to vote.

A group of Democratic House members filed the new bill, including Reps. Deborah Ross and Rose Gill of Wake County, Paul Luebke of Durham County, Verla Insko of Orange County, Deb McManus of Chatham County and Rick Glazier and Marvin Lucas of Cumberland County.


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  • Crumps Br0ther Mar 5, 2013

    What does it mattr what it looks like? The libs have made sure that they dont ever have to pull it out to be looked at!

  • go4gin Mar 4, 2013

    They shouldn't be getting a license , period. Obama said they need not fear deportation for 2 years, NOT forever. They are NOT legal lawful citizens, so the distinction is imperative!

  • weasel2 Mar 4, 2013

    If their here Illegally, their license should show that. Enough of the mambee pambee.

  • jdraleigh Mar 4, 2013

    Immigration is a federal matter, and the federal government said these young people are legally present. If this discussion were about the rule of law, that would be the end of the story. When we start changing our state laws in order to make things difficult for a group of dark-skinned people, that's not about the rule of law. It's about something else, something ugly. We've been there, done that, and it didn't work out. It was called Jim Crow. Why keep doing it?

  • FairPlay Mar 1, 2013

    Remember the minority Dems created it. It will be dead on arrival.

  • Spock Feb 28, 2013

    The root of this issue is with the Federal Government - specifically the Executive Branch. We should be passing legislation to directly override the garbage coming down by "Executive Order."

  • timtooltime777 Feb 28, 2013

    Now the good ol boys are selling us out ! Thank you fellow neighbor! Remember to vote them all out !!! Traitors to our own folks !

  • rednek Feb 28, 2013

    If I had my way the only license they would get is one that a one way ticket back home (to their country of origin). I do not care if they were brought here as infants, that is the fault of their parents ( and that action is teaching them to respect the laws of the country, NOT). Why is our government bending over backwards for these CRIMINALS, I wish I knew.

  • whatelseisnew Feb 28, 2013

    It should and must be distinguishable. We already have too many illegals voting. A specific license might help prevent the voting registration of these criminals.