Young Immigrants Cheer MI Driver’s License Decision

Feb 4, 2013

Immigrant rights groups are cheering Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson’s decision to allow people brought to the U-S as children to get a driver’s license.

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The change in policy reflects new federal guidelines that grant this group status as temporary residents of the U-S. 

More from The Michigan Public Radio Network’s Rick Pluta.

Areli Garcia was brought to the U-S 20 years ago when she was three. Her parents were not legal residents at the time.

Garcia grew up in metro Detroit and recently graduated from college with a degree in business administration. She was getting ready to move to Chicago. Now she says she’ll look for a job closer to home with the car she got as a graduation gift.

“So it’s just a car, sitting in the driveway, that I couldn’t really drive,"  she says.  "Now I will. I’ll use it to take my sister to school, to work.”

Garcia says she’d like next to become a citizen of the country she’s lived in almost her entire life, instead of worrying about what happens if and when her legal status changes.