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Georgia to Issue Driver's Licenses to Immigrants on Deferred Status

The state of Georgia is reported to be issuing licenses to immigrants qualifying for deferred status under the president's new directive. Do you believe this is the right step for the state to be taking?

With a directive from President Barack Obama requiring deferred action in certain cases related to illegal immigration, Georgia and other states have been left in a quandary on what to do about driver’s licenses.

Under the president’s new policy that went into effect last week, under certain conditions some immigrants are no longer considered illegal. This directive applies to immigrants who arrived in the U.S. before they turned 16, are under 30 or younger, have lived in the U.S. for at least five years and are in school, have graduated or served in the military. A problem, however, arises with regard to driver's licenses. The new directive leaves them legally in the country, but not legally allowed to drive.

According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Georgia’s Republican Attorney General Sam Olens, has decided the best way around it is to issue temporary driver’s licenses in these cases. Olens is reported to have issued a statement saying that while he doesn’t agree with the president’s actions, Georgia would recognize someone with an approved deferred status as being eligible for a temporary license. He did, however, say this status would not make them eligible for a state identification card.

According to the AJC story, it’s not just the young illegal immigrants who qualify for deferred status. Federal immigration authorities can also grant this action to others at their discretion.

Gov. Jan Brewer, on the other hand, reportedly issued a directive in the state of Arizona instructing agencies not to issue driver's licenses or benefits to anyone under a deferred immigration status. She did this last week as soon as the directive went into effect.

So do you think Georgia has made the right decision to grant licenses or should it follow Arizona’s example? Tell us in comments. 

R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew April 04, 2013 at 04:37 AM
Darling Legal immigrants come by the millions and do all you claim, but they come though the front door with respect of self and others, pride in what they stand for and ready to work for the betterment of all. "illegal immigration", well that's the gimme mentality on display, claiming I need special treatment! Its too hard!!! We DEMAND you give us everything because we are entitled to it - how are we entitled? Simply because we breathe. Even though millions do it the right way every day that the sun rises... These illegals just plan on finding fools lazier than they are and desperately hope that those useful idiots don't wake-up until it's just too late... Yes, gentle readers, why its true that some illegals "do the jobs that others won't do", like an impersonation of a swarm of locusts, devouring the assets, then MOVING on... Why even the Borg would be proud. Finally, Illegal immigration isn't just about Latinos - lots of nationalities are involved, sad but true - even if that shocks the self-proclaimed progressives and the LaRaza types out there... Unleashed by one who travels the world with spare limousines in his pocket ....
David Brown April 04, 2013 at 11:43 AM
Charles, I adhere to what the Bible says about praying for, respecting and honoring our President. (Romans 13:1-2; 1 Timothy 2:1-3; Titus 3:1-2; and 1 Peter 2:13-17.) I didn't vote for President George W. Bush in either 2000 or 2004, but I respected him, honored him and prayed regularly for him, Laura, Barbara and Jenna. I would rather have you upset with me, than have God upset with me for not following his Word.=)
Racer X April 04, 2013 at 11:52 AM
No one, absolutely no one, deserves automatic respect. It must be earned. I will respect Obama when he voluntarily resigns. He has done Black America a huge disservice by simultaneously being our first Black President and our worst President ever. We are a nation now more divided than ever, squabbling over issues the government shouldn't be involved with anyway, while the private party in DC, both Republican AND Democrat, goes on and on and on. What fools we have become. The government is out of control and has become so complex, there are no easy fixes, except the axe.
David Brown April 04, 2013 at 12:18 PM
"No one, absolutely no one, deserves automatic respect. It must be earned." Racer X, your statement is diametrically opposed to what the Bible teaches.
Vox Rationis April 04, 2013 at 06:07 PM
David, I completely agree with you. I believe the exact opposite of what Racer X has espoused. Everyone, absolutely everyone, deserves respect. As Mother Teresa, one of my heroes, simply stated: "I see God in every human being. When I wash the leper's wounds, I feel I am nursing the Lord himself. Is it not a beautiful experience?" Have charity toward each other (whoever they are, whatever their condition, regardless of their views) on this website and in life, and you will find peace. And, you might even find that others are more willing to listen to you.

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