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Posted at 5:10 PM ET, 09/ 7/2010

Va. changes ID policy after nun's death

By Anita Kumar

Virginia will no longer allow federal employment authorization cards to be used to obtain driver's licenses or identification cards after a fatal crash involving Benedictine nuns and a drunk Bolivian national facing deportation stoked concerns over the document's reliability in determining someone's immigration status.

Anita Kumar reports on the Virginia Politics blog that the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles changed its policy Tuesday to disallow the federal government's I-766 employment authorization card from being used as a primary document to determine "proof of legal presence" in the United States.

Melanie Stokes, a spokeswoman for the agency, called the Aug. 1 death of Sister Denise Mosier, 66, the "catalyst" for the law change. A drunken driver, Carlos A. Martinelly-Montano, 23, swerved into the path of a vehicle carrying Mosier and two other nuns on their way to a retreat in Prince William County.

Read the rest of the story at Virginia Politics.

By Anita Kumar  | September 7, 2010; 5:10 PM ET
Categories:  Traffic and Transportation, Virginia  
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Wonder when the Dept of Justice will be suing the state of Virginia since we're establishing our own policies re illegals?

Posted by: jocada | September 7, 2010 10:05 PM | Report abuse

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