Rhode Island will let ‘dreamers’ continue to get licenses
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island will allow “Dreamers” to continue getting driver’s licenses in the state as the federal government weighs immigration policy.
Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo is expected to sign a bill Monday that allows dreamers to continue receiving Rhode Island licenses. The bill specifies that Dreamers can’t vote.
Dreamers are immigrants who were brought to the country as children. They were granted temporary lawful status in 2012 under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy, or DACA.
State officials say there are 1,200 Rhode Islanders signed up with DACA and estimate 2,100 more are eligible.
President Trump has since ordered for the policy to be phased out. A federal judge ruled that DACA recipients can still apply for renewals while legislation is pending in Congress.