MEDFORD, Ore. — On Wednesday, the Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles announced they will begin accepting “deferred action” applicants.
The announcement means children who came into the country illegally at a young age and have received deferred action status will be able to apply for driver’s licenses, instructional permits and ID cards.
In June of last year, the Obama administration announced children who entered the country illegally but meet certain criteria can apply for “deferred action status,” this means the person is not subjected to immigration removal for two years and can apply for work permits.
According to the announcement by the Oregon DMV, Form I-766 will now be accepted as proof a person is legally present in the United States on a temporary basis. Director of Unete in Medford, Dagoberto Morales, says Wednesday’s announcement gives more motivation for deferred residents to strive for success.
Oregon joins other states including California and Nevada in issuing driver’s licenses to those with deferred action status. According to the Department of Homeland Security, among the qualifications for deferred action status, an applicant must have come to the U.S. before their 16th birthday and have continuously lived in the country since June 2007.
It is important to note that even though the DMV made the announcement Wednesday, all Oregon DMV offices will be closed from Friday through Monday due to a statewide furlough and the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.