Alvaro Huerta Argues Against Marking Immigration Status on Licenses

Skadden Fellow Alvaro Huerta of Los Angeles’ National Immigration Law Center was quoted in a Los Angeles Times article about a North Carolina proposal to issue driver’s licenses marked with “no lawful status” to illegal immigrants who qualify for the federal Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals program (“Special Licenses for Immigrants Draw Protests in North Carolina,” Feb. 22). North Carolina is the only state to mark licenses with the bearer’s legal status, Alvaro said, while 33 states have issued licenses to deferred-action recipients or have declared them eligible for licenses, according to the National Immigration Law Center. Alvaro said of the North Carolina license: “It’s really branding people with a second-class license.”