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  • Deciding Who Drives

    U.S. citizens and lawful immigrants can routinely obtain and renew driver’s licenses, and some states have decided to allow unauthorized immigrants to do so as well. As of the summer of 2015, 10 states—California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Vermont, and Washington—and the District of Columbia issue driver’s licenses to this... Read More

  • Accepting the Complexity of Immigration Policy

    This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, which was a critical milestone in shaping our immigration system as it exists today. For more than a decade, there have been debates in Congress about modernizing the system to meet current realities and challenges. Yet, despite these efforts, federal immigration reform is no closer to enactment. Read More

  • States, Localities Key to Immigration Policy

    Immigration is again front and center in the domestic political debate. Congress may or may not pass legislation to reform the nation’s immigration system, but in the meantime President Barack Obama has taken executive action to make as many as 5 million unauthorized immigrants eligible to avoid deportation. Read More

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