SoS: No Change Planned During Driver’s License Policy Review

Jan 29, 2013

No immediate changes are planned to a state policy that denies driver’s licenses to people who were brought to the U-S as young children by illegal immigrants.


That’s despite a recent change to federal rules that says they are here legally and entitled to drive.

The Michigan Public Radio Network's Rick Pluta reports.

Secretary of State Ruth Johnson’s office says Michigan’s policy is under review, but there’s no timeline on when that will be completed. Gisge Gendreau is Johnson’s spokeswoman.

            “We’re having discussions with our attorneys and we will move as quickly as we can,”  she says.  “This policy is depriving thousands of children of immigrants in this state from driving to work and driving to school…”

Kary Moss of the American Civil Liberties Union says the new federal guidelines are clear. The A-C-L-U has filed a lawsuit demanding that Michigan start issuing the driver’s licenses right away.