Latino Commission Opposes DOT Immigrant Policy

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

Latino affairs commissioners appointed by Gov. Terry Branstad have asked him to reconsider his administration's new policy barring driver's licenses for certain young immigrants allowed by a federal rule to live in the United States.

The Office of Latino Affairs, a division under the state's Department of Human Rights, asks Branstad in a letter to meet with them.

The letter says the Iowa Department of Transportation is wrong to deny licenses to immigrants brought into the U.S. as children by parents who were not legal residents and who qualify for the new deferred action program announced by President Barack Obama in June.

Commissioner Joan Jaimes, a Marshalltown community college counselor, says the policy is mean-spirited and makes life difficult for some of her students.

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