Immigration advocates sue over use of drivers license data

In about two weeks, California will start issuing drivers licenses to undocumented immigrants living in the United States, but advocates want to make sure those who apply won’t be targeted for deportation.

The National Immigration Law Center filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the Department of Homeland Security, demanding records detailing how federal agents use the drivers license database.

That lawsuit follows reports that federal agents in Maryland used drivers license information to arrest several immigrants with prior deportation orders.

Meanwhile, a federal judge in Pennsylvania has ruled the president’s executive action on immigration unconstitutional, saying it violated the separation of powers.

It’s not clear if the ruling will have any immediate impact.

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  • Delia
    19 December 2014 at 12:17 pm - Reply

    Sounds like USA got “dope and chains” instead of “hope and change”

  • noz
    27 December 2014 at 4:45 pm - Reply

    so what this immigration advocates want is special treatment for illegal aliens, hummmm. hello! american citizens are subjected to checks with probable cause. the fact, these are illegal aliens, the more they need to be checked for illicit activities is a pro active approach. the crimes of illegal aliens are staggering. one way to protect americans is to weed out these illegal alien criminals by tracking their driver license for speedy convictions, imprisonments to deportations.

    • Generoso Magaoay
      16 January 2015 at 6:30 pm - Reply

      Thanks noz! Well said and done! Since September 11, 2001, we are now living in what we now call homeland security era of policing. Information sharing is a provision of the USA PATRIOT ACT. What does that mean? It means that law enforcement agencies (local, state, federal, etc.) share information. So, if you are a law abiding citizen/legal immigrant, should you be worried about anything? Even the so called executive orders have exceptions (e.g. criminal record). Aha! Now you’re speaking my language…