“For 18,700 Coloradans protected under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and Temporary Protected Status programs, getting a driver’s license wasn’t an option after August of 2014.
This new state bill, SB18-108, which has currently passed the senate, aims to allow protected immigrants to use their social security numbers to qualify for a drivers license, rather than an Individual Tax Identification Number, which aren’t offered for immigrants under these protected services.
‘This will allow for DACA and TPS holders to continue to have access to a license even if those programs have ended and they’ve become undocumented’, says Celesté Martinez the Bilingual Organizer for Together Colorado.
This new bill, also passed with sweeping bipartisan support. ‘Incredible bipartisan support, 25 to 10. There’s actually a series of senators on the Western Slope who voted in support’, says Martinez.”
This article originally published on March 27, 2018, from Western Slope Now. Read the full article.