Dreamers in North Carolina Apply for Driver’s License

"We went out in the streets and we succeeded"

Over 300 "dreamers" today applied for licenses in North Carolina, where the DMV has now began to accept applications from young recipients of deferred action.

After presenting all of the required documents to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), applicants will then be given a temporary permit that will allow them to drive, while they wait to receive their official license by mail.

Issuing licenses to those who are covered by deferred action now concludes a half year battle in North Carolina, where granting these permits created a lot of controversy and conflicts.

Being this the first day on which applications were accepted by the DMV. A group of "dreamers" decided to organize a rally in front of the offices of the DMV in Raleigh, North Carolina.

"We got them to give us licenses and to remove the pink marking which distinguished it from the regular licenses," said Jose Rico, who is a member of the Dream Team organization of North Carolina.

During the rally, where around fifty young people attended, some "dreamers" were in favor of driver’s licenses, despite the wording on them that indicates their immigration status.

According to immigration statistics that were released in mid-March, more than 16,000 "dreamers" had applied through deferred action in North Carolina by mid-March as well. And it is estimated that there could be up to 50,000 applications that will be received.

"We went out in the streets and we succeeded," said Ramon Garibaldo, one of the activists from United 4 the Dream, who also promoted campaign calls to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) so that the "dreamers" of North Carolina could be granted licenses.




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