Driver’s Licenses

A federal court in Ohio ruled in favor of a class of Sudanese refugees, finding that the state’s policy denying driver’s licenses to individuals who hold a valid refugee admission form that is more than two years old is pre-empted by federal law. The REAL ID Act does not require an I-94 to be issued within the last two years to prove lawful presence in the country.

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Trump Cuts New Yorkers Off From ‘Trusted Traveler’ Programs

New York residents will be cut off from “trusted traveler” programs that speed their re-entry into the country, a senior Homeland Security official said Thursday, blaming a new state law that prohibits immigration agents from access to motor vehicle records.

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Voter Registration

The Fifth Circuit ruled that the Texas Department of Public Safety’s voter registration system does not violate the Equal Protection Clause or the National Voter Registration Act. Individuals using the department’s online system to renew their driver’s license or change their address are prompted to request a paper voter application that they must mail in. 

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Driver’s License Denials

A federal court in Ohio ruled that a class of minor drivers who were denied licenses due to the citizenship status of their parents have a viable claim for equal protection violations against the Bureau of Motor Vehicle, finding that the disputed policy is discriminatory and does nothing to serve that state’s interest in protecting the public. 

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