DOT Will Not Approve Licenses Or ID’s For Illegal Aliens

Date posted - December 28, 2012

Sioux Center, Iowa — A while back, we told you about a legal clinic in Sioux Center that was supposed to help people older than 16, but younger than 30 whose parents had illegally immigrated to the United States with them, when the children were living with them. Those children, now adults — while they are illegal aliens, did not come here on their own. President Obama issued a memorandum in June of this year that would grant those immigrants “deferred action” status if they had attended college or served in the military.

The idea of the legal clinic was that they would help the immigrants get a temporary work visa and possibly a driver’s license.

Now comes word that the Iowa Department of Transportation will not issue driver’s licenses or I-D cards to immigrants who have been given “deferred action” status by the U-S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. D-O-T director, Paul Trombino, says they made the decisions after reviewing a memo issued by the secretary of U-S Homeland Security.

(as he says) “As we’ve reviewed the Iowa Code, in the code chapter it essentially does require a foreign national as it’s discussed, authorized to be present,” Trombino says. “So as a result, based on our review of state law and state code, we do not have legal authority to issue a driver’s license or a non-operator I-D card.”

Trombino says there are licenses issued to non-citizens.

(as he says) “Typically what happens is, for any what we call foreign national as it’s written, they would supply an employment authorization document. And that is issued basically through U-S Citizen Immigration Services and D-H-S,” Trombino says.

He says there are a number of foreign nationals that are authorized to be here to work. Trombino says the memo from Homeland Security changed how the paperwork is reviewed.

(as he says) “What Homeland Security did was use that same document, but they created a specific category code that was different from all the other ones,” Trombino explains. “So as a result, we will see these documents and if it has that specific category code, that gives us the ability to say we can’t issue it, based on Iowa code.”

Trombino says it is hard to say exactly how many people in Iowa may be impacted by the decision.

(as he says) Trombino says the last information he saw in mid-December showed about 367-thousand people applied for licenses nationally. “As to how many that relates to the State of Iowa, I don’t know. I know that Iowa is not among the top 10 states for residence of these individuals,”Trombino says.

The Iowa A-C-L-U had asked the D-O-T to state its position on the driver’s license issue for illegals after the release of the memo. Trombino says the legislature would have to take action for the department to make a change in its policy.

RadioIowa assisted with this story.

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2 Responses to “DOT Will Not Approve Licenses Or ID’s For Illegal Aliens”

  1. Hadaway says:

    They drive without a License anyways

  2. Dave Francis says:

    ANOTHER COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM FALSEHOOD

    Now there is a deal on the so called “Physical Cliff” although this agreement must be passed by the House, it seems so far there are no restrictions on spending by the Democrats. We, as Americans should get together and demand from the political parties an Amendment known as the BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP BILL and THE LEGAL WORKFORCE BILL, that makes more sense to the U.S. citizens who cannot find work and the “Anchor Baby Syndrome” to stop the fabricated law that makes any child smuggled through our borders or by airline a right to immediate citizenship. The low income families that were born here and the naturalized citizens, including green card holders suffer because every day millions of discount labor slip past a hundreds of miles of unguarded border brings in their young here taking advantage of American passive enforcement. THIS NATION CANNOT SUCCESSFULLY FULLY LOOK AFTER OUR OWN, BUT SPEND HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS ON THE IMPOVERISHED FROM OTHER COUNTRIES.

    OBAMA IS READY TO LAYOUT A PLAN FOR COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM. BUT IF HE INTENDS TO OFFER A PATHWAY TO CITIZENSHIP TO THE 11 MILLION (AN ESTIMATE WELL BELOW THE TRUE POPULATION) SUCH A POLICY WILL COST THE AMERICAN POPULACE OVER TWO TRILLION DOLLARS IN EXTRACTED TAXES, AS ACCORDING TO THE HERITAGE FOUNDATION.

    Mexico like so many other foreign nations is not so passive relating to its laws, whereas I guarantee that those same regimes laugh at us, behind our backs, especially our Southern neighbor. Immigration enforcement is not entirely about Mexico, but the failure of our government to track the 46 percent who fly from across the world impersonating a tourist. They are a real problem and a very costly issue, as they live like leeches, extort to pay for them and their children. Under Mexican law this doesn’t happen and compare it to our almost worthless restrictions:

    WHY ARE WE NOT DEALING WITH ILLEGAL AND LEGAL IMMIGRATION AS THE POLICY IN MEXICO?

    Mexico uses: 1) Allow easy entry – with both random and targeted searches but otherwise allowing unconstrained movement across the border, but able to track people. 2) Requires Visas from anyone intending to stay longer than 6 months. 3) Undocumented persons or expired Visa holders are fined and/or deported. 4) Any law enforcement entity can conduct Citizenship & Visa checks. 5) Workers are required to have “Right to Work” documentation – i.e. E-Verify. 6) Voters required having voting identification – i.e. IFE card. 7) Public School eligibility restricted by citizenship status. 8) Real-Estate purchase restricted by citizenship status. 9) Ability to own/operate certain businesses restricted by citizenship status. 10) Ability to organize a church or be a priest/pastor, etc. restricted by citizenship status. 11) Citizenship not granted to “anchor babies”. 12) “Free” Health care – for workers and retired workers only – i.e. contributors.

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