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Sodders: DOT denying licenses ‘makes no sense’

January 1, 2013
By ANDREW POTTER - Staff Writer ( , Times-Republican

If a recent ruling by the Iowa Department of Transportation denying driver's licenses to those young immigrants boosted by Deferred Action sticks, Sen. Steve Sodders, D-State Center, plans to do something about it.

The DOT ruling would deny licenses to these young immigrants who are allowed live, work and study in the United States as a result of Deferred Action, which was put in place by President Barack Obama.

Sodders said he will work to introduce state legislation in the upcoming session which would allow those young people who fall under the federal law to be able to get their licenses.

"I think the ruling is poor considering what the federal government says about these students who need to get to school or get to a job," Sodders said.

Sodders has heard from the Latino community in Marshalltown about this DOT ruling and feels something needs to be done.

"It makes no sense," Sodders said of the ruling. "We want these kids to be educated and we put another barrier in front of them."

Joa LaVille, of the Immigrant Allies of Marshalltown, said this decision by the DOT is taking a step back.

"It's completely against the intention of Deferred Action," LaVille said. "I think it's a political decision that is really against common sense."

LaVille said often the people who would benefit from Deferred Action would need vehicles to get to work or to school, or to transport younger siblings to school.

"I really don't understand any positive benefits (from the DOT decision) other than it being punitive," LaVille said.



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