BREAKING: One Michigan v. Ruth Johnson1
DETROIT—One Michigan for Immigrant Rights will be represented by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in a lawsuit against Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson challenging the ban on driver’s licenses for recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
As an undocumented youth-led organization, members of One Michigan were excited about the doors that DACA opened for them, including the opportunity to work, attend school, and obtain identification. This past summer, in a coordinated effort with other national partners such as the National Immigrant Youth Alliance (NIYA), we were instrumental in pushing for DACA program announced by President Obama on June 15, 2012. On October 8, Johnson announced that the state would deny driver’s licenses and personal identification cards to those authorized to live and work in the United States under DACA, reestablishing many of the barriers placed before undocumented youth in our state. In response to this policy, One Michigan in conjunction with the ACLU and other DACA-eligible individuals filed a lawsuit on December 19, 2012 with the U.S. district court to ensure immigrant youth authorized to work in the U.S. can drive.
One Michigan member Xochitl Cossyleon, 19, of Detroit, MI was devastated when she found out about Johnson’s policy, and felt like DACA was pointless without being able to drive to work and school. For Xochitl, getting a driver’s license was the main point of applying for DACA.
It is the hope of One Michigan and their partners in this lawsuit that Ruth Johnson will recognize that allowing DACA recipients to obtain driver’s licenses and identification cards is not only the right thing to do, but her obligation under the law. We will not rest until this policy is reversed, our community is safe, and the undocumented youth of our state are able to work, go to school, and support our families.
Check-out the Complaint here: