Jorgelina Araneda, attorney at Araneda & Stroud Immigration Law Group, Raleigh NC.

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Story Updated: Mar 1, 2013

 I would like to welcome you to this unique segment of Hola NC concerning immigration.  I have been an immigration attorney for more than 20 years in the Raleigh area.  My goal is to provide you with current information on new immigration programs and pending bills and how it affects our State. 

I hope to give you some basic information about immigration.  This is an important issue this year as the government plans to deal with the problems in immigration.  It is important to keep in mind that there are two parts to immigration – legal immigration and illegal immigration.

Today I will talk about a new program that was started last year and deals with young people who came to our country as children, went to our schools and grew up here.  These young people have been given the opportunity to obtain temporary legal presence through a program called “Deferred Action.”  The Deferred Action program was implemented in June 2012.

An issue that has developed with this program however, concerns driver's licenses.  Some states have decided that those people in this program will not receive driver's licenses.  The State of Arizona, through its governor, has announced that it will not give deferred action people driver's licenses.  North Carolina's previous DMV commissioner announced that deferred action as childhood arrival recipients would not be permitted to obtain NC driver's license.  Certain groups got involved and asked the office of the NC Attorney General for a legal opinion.  The NC Attorney General's office issued a letter stating that under NC law, those granted deferred action as a childhood arrival, should be given NC driver's licenses.

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