The design of California’s immigrant drivers’ licenses continues to be at the center of an ongoing controversy between federal government officials at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and some immigrant advocate groups. At the heart of this snowballing controversy is how different the design of immigrant drivers’ licenses should be from the design of standard drivers’ licenses issued to U.S. citizens.
On the one side, DHS officials are pushing for the design of California’s immigrant drivers’ licenses to have a unique color and/or obvious design differences per the requirements of the REAL ID Act. This Act is a federal law that enacted specific standards for national forms of identification following 9/11.
Motivated by the terms of the REAL ID Act, DHS recently rejected the California Department of Motor Vehicle’s most recent design submission for immigrant drivers’ licenses, claiming that the design was not distinct enough for officials at airports, federal buildings, etc. to immediately recognize the difference between immigrant drivers’ licenses (which cannot be used as federal ID cards) and standard drivers’ licenses (which can be used as federal ID cards).
Immigrant Drivers’ Licenses Should Not Be So Different, Some Immigrant Advocate Groups Contend
Challenging the DHS’ efforts to push for a more drastically different design for immigrant drivers’ licenses are various immigrant advocate groups, including the National Immigration Law Center and the Coalition for Human Immigrant Rights (CHIR) of Los Angeles. People working with these organizations are contending that immigrant drivers’ licenses should not have such as drastically different design than standard drivers’ licenses, as this will invite discrimination.
As Jorge-Mario Cabrera, a spokesman for CHIR, has explained, “right now, we’re not willing to accept any changes
While this controversy rages on, many in the nation will be continuing to watch how it is ultimately resolved and what design is eventually chosen for the immigrant drivers’ license, as California is currently paving the way for and setting an example of how other states will likely deal with this issue in the near future.
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