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Posted at 8:03 AM ET, 12/17/2010

Groups urge DMV to accept work permit

By Associated Press

Sixty-seven organizations are asking the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles to resume accepting a federal work permit as proof that a driver's license applicant is legally in the U.S.

The American Civil Liberties Union and the Virginia Coalition of Latino Organizations released the organizations' letter to the DMV Thursday.

The agency quit accepting Employee Authorization Documents as proof of legal status after a Bolivian immigrant twice convicted of drunken driving was involved in a car crash that killed one nun and injured two others. Authorities said the man had used the federal work permit to get a state ID card even though he was facing deportation.

Critics say the DMV failed to consider the far reach of its decision on legally present immigrants.

From the Post's archives:

Virginia rejects work permit cards as proof of legal status

By Associated Press  | December 17, 2010; 8:03 AM ET
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I don't understand what the problem was here. Even if he was "facing deportation" he hadn't been deported and was legally in the United States. What does not acknowledging legal documents accomplish?

Posted by: getjiggly1 | December 17, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Nevermind. The post did not say this, but the federal government issues "permits" to illegal immigrants and the Bolivian was an illegal immigrant. Virginia should stand firm - the documents are not reliable.

Posted by: getjiggly1 | December 17, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

As the ACLU-VA0LAO letter acknowledged, very often the immigrants, if legal, have other documents that are more reliable. But they may not have them. The logic as to why they can use the federal work permit, but not the documents the DMV requests, is "waterboarded" at best. Apparently, in return for the opportunity to come to this country, these organizations believe that immigrants should not be inconvenienced. Everyone else should be inconvenienced and the DMV should accept as proof documents that may not be reliable, but immigrants should not be inconvenienced.

At the end of the day, these organizations just wish to obstruct effective enforcement immigration laws. All this other stuff is a transparent pretext for obstructing effective enforcement of the law.

Posted by: kevin9 | December 17, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

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