Alia Beard Rau
The Arizona Republic
December 26, 2013
Arizona will grant driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants allowed to remain in the country as family members of military personnel, even as it continues to defend a separate decision denying licenses to “dreamers,” immigrants who entered the country illegally as children.
The Arizona Department of Transportation said this week that undocumented spouses, children and parents of military personnel granted “parole in place” under a new U.S. Department of Homeland Security policy will be eligible for driver’s licenses.
The DHS policy issued in a November memo allows undocumented dependents of military personnel to be “paroled” into the U.S., opening the door for them to apply for a green card without having to first return to their home country and thus avoiding being barred from returning to the U.S. for up to 10 years.