100 licenses, IDs issued after immigrant policy
DES MOINES (AP) — Within a week of Iowa officials declaring in January that driver’s licenses would be issued to young illegal immigrants granted temporary residency, about 100 new licenses and identification cards had been issued, state Department of Transportation officials said.
Paul Maciel was among those who lined up after state officials reversed course on Jan. 23 and said they would issue licenses to those who qualify for President Barack Obama’s deferred action program, announced last June.
“It felt awesome. I would say if you have nothing to hide and if you want to feel a little bit lighter and not so burdened by the weight of being undocumented go ahead and do it,” said Maciel, 26, who lives in Des Moines. “It’s given me wings.”
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