North Carolina’s state transportation department said that driver’s licenses issued to young undocumented immigrants will not bear a distinctive pink stripe as originally proposed.
Instead, Deferred Action beneficiaries will receive licenses of the usual blue color and the horizontal design that characterizes state licenses for drivers over 21, and with the vertical format for those under 21.
However, the documents will bear the phrases “Limited Term” and “Legal Presence/No Lawful Status” in red.
Jess George, executive director of the Latin American Coalition of Charlotte, an organization that rejected the design of the pink-striped licenses, said “this is a victory for the people of the whole state who protested against licenses designed to discriminate against their bearers.”
Driver’s licenses for immigrants accepted into the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program will be issued starting March 25.
After Aug. 15, 2012, when the federal government announced the DACA program, spokespersons for the North Carolina DMV announced that licenses would be issued to young immigrants known as “dreamers” because they are the intended beneficiaries of the long-stalled DREAM Act.
However, in September the DMV said it would consult with state Attorney General Roy Cooper on whether the issuing of such documents was valid.
In January, when new Republican Gov. Pat McCrory took office, spokespersons for the state transportation department said it would not provide the permits for DACA recipients.
Protests by “dreamers” broke out in a number of cities demanding that the state restore the right to drive legally, at the same time the ACLU rolled out a national campaign to pressure the McCrory administration into issuing the licenses.
Then at the end of February the DMV said it would issue the licenses but with the pink-striped design, which sparked general rejection on the part of immigrant activists.