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Hitting the Road: Legal Status Can Bring Driver's Licenses for Immigrants

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Undocumented immigrants who are applying for legal status under the new deferred deportation program can also apply for California driver's licenses.

Deferred deportation is the Obama administration program that kicked off Wednesday, letting young people brought to the U.S. by their parents get temporary legal status and work permits.

The DMV grants drivers's licenses to those who have an "employment authorization document;" state officials decided these work permits will count.

The move is in contrast to what's happening in Arizona where Governor Jan Brewer ordered state agencies to block deferred action applicants from getting a drivers license.

KQED' Cy Musiker spoke with Bill Hing who studies immigration policy and is a professor at the University of San Francisco.

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