WYOMING, MI — A group of Grand Rapids area young undocumented immigrants applied for their driver’s licenses today, Tuesday, Feb. 19, the first day the Michigan Secretary of State will issue the limited-term licenses.

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“I am happy because I will be able to have a driver’s licenses, but I am also afraid the limited term date will create confusion and discrimination,” said Sigifredo Pizana, 21. “Some people will continue to think we are here illegally, when we are not.”

From USCIS website

FAQs updated January 18, 2013:

About Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

New - Q1: What is deferred action?
A1: Deferred action is a discretionary determination to defer removal action of an individual as an act of prosecutorial discretion. For purposes of future inadmissibility based upon unlawful presence, an individual whose case has been deferred is not considered to be unlawfully present during the period in which deferred action is in effect. An individual who has received deferred action is authorized by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to be present in the United States, and is therefore considered by DHS to be lawfully present during the period deferred action is in effect. However, deferred action does not confer lawful status upon an individual, nor does it excuse any previous or subsequent periods of unlawful presence.

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