Michigan’s Secretary of State, Ruth Johnson, announced on Friday that DACA recipients will be able to obtain a Michigan driver’s license starting February 19th. Originally, Johnson said they would not issue licenses to DACA beneficiaries because they were not considered legally present in the U.S.

However, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services clarified last month that “immigrants approved under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program are lawfully present in the United States.”

“Michigan will only issue driver’s licenses to individuals who are here legally,” Johnson said. “The feds now say they consider these young people to be lawfully present while they participate in the DACA program, so we are required to issue driver’s licenses and identification cards. I will continue to follow the law.”

DACA offers deferred action to undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children and meet additional specific requirements. The program was introduced last summer by President Obama and implemented by the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security,

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Source: Grand Rapid Business Journal