published Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

10,900 immigrants applied for license under policy

ATLANTA — State data shows nearly 10,900 immigrants granted temporary permission to remain in the U.S. have applied for Georgia driver's permits and licenses since a federal policy expanded that permission.

President Barack Obama in 2012 created a program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals to allow thousands of young people in the country illegally to stay in the U.S. for up to two years.

People who have so-called deferred action status are currently eligible for driver's licenses under Georgia law. Department of Driver Services spokeswoman Susan Sports says 10,882 beneficiaries of the new policy have applied for Georgia licenses since the program took effect in August 2012. It's not clear how many applications were successful.

A bill before the Legislature would bar people with that status from getting driver's licenses.

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