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Raleigh, NC – The Department of Public Safety released an immigration study this past Friday, March 7th. The study concludes:
- Issuing driver permits to undocumented immigrants will make North Carolina roads safer
- North Carolina’s economy is highly dependent on immigrant labor and consumer power
- Punitive measures against undocumented immigrants will lead to labor shortages, as happened in Georgia, which could harm North Carolina’s economic recovery.
The North Carolina Dream Team believes immigrants play a vital role in this state’s growing economy. We believe we can learn from the mistakes of those states’ which enacted anti-immigrant laws in 2011. We are smarter. We are better.
Alternatively, implementing enforcement measures will require additional tax dollars at a time when the state is looking to prioritize spending elsewhere.
This study acknowledges the contributions of undocumented immigrant families to this state’s growing economy. We can lead the country in becoming a thriving state that welcomes immigrants.
We encourage legislators to take action in the upcoming short session by passing the RECLAIM NC Act and allow immigrants the opportunity to legally drive, again. Driving permits for the hardworking undocumented families of North Carolina are long overdue.
The North Carolina Dream Team is the first undocumented youth led organization in North Carolina.
It’s been stated by the NC Department of Transportation, that licenses will no longer be given to those who are DACA eligible and has revoked those that have already gone out. But that doesn’t mean we should give up or that we are powerless to change what’s happening.
A march is being planned for this Tuesday, Jan. 22 at the North Carolina Department of Transportation, 1 S Wilmington St., Raleigh, NC. There’s a Facebook event with all the details. Click here to confirm your assistance or to send immigrant youth in NC a message of support!
If you can’t make it, start an event in your city demanding this backwards policy be overturned. We’ve also created a petition with the numbers of those people who can make things right. Sign the petition, call as much as possible, and spread it widely.
Attorney General Roy Cooper has the power to overturn this policy. In fact, the NCDOT is waiting for clarification from him that DACA holders do bear legal presence. Give him a call and ask him to give us our licenses back!
MAKE A CALL: (919) 716-6400
Sample script: “Hi, I am calling to urge Attorney General Roy Cooper to reverse the backwards policy of denying driver’s licenses to recipients of deferred action. According to NC state law, all it takes to get a driver license is legal presence. Please reinstate the issuance of driver licenses to DACA holders now.”
In the meantime, the NC DMV has changed their requirements to obtain a license, specifically excluding DACA holders (code c33). This is senseless as it keeps immigrant youth from driving to the same jobs they’ve been authorized to work at. Make one last call!
NC Department of Transportation – (919) 707-2800
Sample script: “Hi, I’m calling to urge NC Department of Transportation Secretary Tony Tata to reverse the backwards policy of denying driver licenses to recipients of deferred action. They have been authorized to legally work, let them drive!”
Believe us when we say, this is only the beginning if things don’t change, and FAST. We’re not letting this go without a fight, and neither should you.
Turns out the NCDMV has decided to put a hold on issuing driver licenses to Deferred Action beneficiaries. Remember when we were cautiously optimistic after President Obama’s June 15th announcement? This is precisely why.
Apparently, the NC Department of Transportation has contacted USCIS asking if having deferred action means you have legal status or not. USCIS has stated that who gets drivers licenses is up to each individual state not the federal government.
In the meantime, there is no law stating DACA beneficiaries cannot obtain a drivers license. This is only an internal policy that is not written down anywhere. We suggest you go to the DMV when you receive your work permit and social security number. Let us know how it goes. Email Jose Rico at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and city/county where you live so we can keep track of what individual DMVs are saying.