Immigrant Rights Alert: Pressure Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson
In November there was a rally to expose the reactionary position of Secretary of State Ruth Johnson. Since then there has been efforts to get local municipalities to pressure Gov. Snyder to overturn Johnson’s decision.
On Friday, the Michigan chapter of Americans for Immigration Reform (AIR) sent out a Press Release, that in part read:
“Today, the office of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued new guidelines that dismantle Secretary of State Ruth Johnson’s justification for denying driver’s licenses to students legalized under the President’s Deferred Action program.
Michigan is one of only three states, including Arizona, that currently are attempting to deny these newly legalized young people the right to drive.”
In the AIR Press Release was included the USCIS position on this issues, which states:
Although deferred action does not confer a lawful immigration status, your period of stay is authorized by the Department of Homeland Security while your deferred action is in effect and, for admissibility purposes, you are considered to be lawfully present in the United States during that time.
Deferred action for childhood arrivals is one form of deferred action. The relief an individual receives pursuant to the deferred action for childhood arrivals process is identical for immigration purposes to the relief obtained by any person who receives deferred action as an act of prosecutorial discretion.
Elected leaders from across Michigan requested the guidance from USCIS in December after Johnson refused to issue the licenses to beneficiaries of the new program. The leaders, including State Rep. Rashida Tlaib, pointed out that Johnson’s office was already issuing licenses to other immigrants with deferred action, and that the Secretary’s discrimination against immigrant youth may have been illegal.
West Michigan immigrant rights activists are calling for people to contact Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson, confirming that young people of DACA are legally in the country we want to demand an immediate response to the statement.
E-mail from Ruth Johnson is RJ4MI@comcast.net.
Online messages to the Michigan Secretary of State can be sent at http://www.michigan.gov/sos/0,4670,7-127-15049-25634–,00.html
And Ruth Johnson will also receive message via her Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/RuthJohnsonMI?ref=ts&fref=ts