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Secretary of State: No change planned during driver’s license policy review

Michigan Secretary of State, Ruth Johnson.

No changes are planned right now to a policy that denies Michigan driver’s licenses to immigrants brought to the U.S. as young children by parents who entered illegally.

That’s despite a federal rules change that says they are in the country legally.

Michigan is one of a handful of states that continues to deny driver’s licenses to these young immigrants.

Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson’s office said the state’s policy is under review.

“The federal government has released new information. We’re reviewing it with our attorneys," said Secretary of State spokeswoman Gisge Gendreau. "Once that review is finalized, we’ll be having discussions on how to proceed, and we’ll be making a decision from there.” 

The American Civil Liberties Union has sued the state of Michigan to try and force a change in the policy. The ACLU says the policy stops many young immigrants from finding employment and going to school.

Rick Pluta is Senior Capitol Correspondent for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He has been covering Michigan’s Capitol, government, and politics since 1987.
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