On April 17, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit heard arguments challenging and defending the injunction that was ordered by a federal judge stopping the implementation of President Barack Obama immigration executive action, This executive action would have provided relief from deportation to more than five million undocumented U.S. residents. To listen to the oral arguments, click here State of Texas, et al v. USA (Oral Argument Recording). Note there is a 20 second delay before the start of the arguments.
According to the National Immigrant Law Center, “Immigrant youth granted deferred action under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program have been able to obtain driver’s licenses in nearly every state.” Juan Escalante, a writer for the Huffington Post, posted a very interesting article entitled List of States Considering Driver’s Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants Grows, which provides a list of states opposing driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants. Also, the National Immigrant Law Center has published a map which depicts the states that offers driver’s license and those that do not.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will expand Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals on Feb. 18, 2015. That will be the first day to request DACA under the revised guidelines established as part of President Obama’s recent anouncements on immigration.
USCIS advises the public to be extra careful to avoid immigration scams. To learn how to identify and report scams, and how to find authorized legal assistance at little or no cost, go to uscis.gov/avoidscams or uscis.gov/es/eviteestafas.