Spotlight: In reversal, Michigan allows driver's licenses for deferred action recipients


Michigan has become the latest state to retract its ban on driver's licenses for immigrants who receive deferred action, the state announced Feb. 1. Iowa made the change Jan. 23, after U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said deferred action recipients are "lawfully present," even if they lack "lawful status." Michigan's State Department cited that distinction in its announcement of the switch. Deferred action recipients in Michigan can apply for licenses starting Feb. 19.

North Carolina made a similar reversal in January. Only Arizona and Nebraska currently deny driver's licenses to deferred action recipients.