Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

DREAMERS Challenge Michigan’s Policy Denying Driver Licenses: Lawsuit Filed

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"Three young immigrants and One Michigan, a youth-led organization that advocates on behalf of immigrants, filed a lawsuit today challenging the state’s policy of denying driver’s licenses to immigrant youth whom the federal government has allowed to stay and work in the country.  Plaintiff Leen Nour El-Zayat, a third-year pre-medical student at Wayne State University, said she worries about continuing her studies and accepting a job if she cannot drive to school or work.  “I need to be able to drive so I can get a job and attend medical school, which I have wanted to do since I was a little kid,” said El-Zayat, 20, who has lived in the United States since she was eight.   “I just want to serve as a role model for my younger siblings and continue contributing to my community.” ... The complaint asks for a ruling that DACA recipients are legally authorized to be in the U.S. and, therefore, are eligible for licenses.