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States take action on immigration bills

Associated Press

Published: Thursday, May 2 2013 11:36 a.m. MDT

— Massachusetts: A Massachusetts lawmaker, backed by immigrants' rights groups, introduced a bill that would allow state residents to apply for a driver's license regardless of their immigration status.

— Minnesota: The state Senate passed a bill on May Day that would extend resident tuition rates and financial aid to young immigrants in Minnesota illegally. The governor supports the bill, which now heads to the House.

Minnesota lawmakers are also considering a bill that would let immigrants living in the state illegally obtain a state driver's license.

— Michigan: Minority Democrats introduced legislation to allow young Michigan immigrants who have temporary legal presence under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program receive in-state tuition.

In February, state officials decided to issue Michigan driver's licenses and state IDs to immigrants brought to the country illegally as children, reversing the state's initial policy.

— Missouri: Lawmakers are considering a bill that would require employers to use a federal system for checking potential employees' legal resident status.

— Nebraska: Legislators stopped a bill that would have repealed state-funded prenatal care for the unborn children of immigrants living in the state illegally.

— New Mexico: For a third straight year, Democratic lawmakers blocked the governor's efforts to stop issuing driver's licenses to immigrants in the country illegally.

— New York: Lawmakers have proposed a DREAM Act measure that would provide state financial aid and other assistance to students living in the country illegally.

— Nevada: Lawmakers introduced a bill that would allow people in the U.S. illegally to obtain a driver's license.

— North Carolina: A package bill that would grant driving privileges to people in the country illegally, as well as authorize Arizona-style detainment measures passed its first legislative hurdle on May Day.

— Ohio: State lawmakers introduced a proposal that would let students enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program obtain driver's licenses. Since the measures were introduced, the Ohio officials decided to allow young immigrants enrolled in the program to be eligible for driver's licenses.

— Oregon: At a May Day rally, the governor signed into law a bill allowing immigrants living in the state illegally to obtain four-year driver's licenses.

In April, the governor signed into law a proposal allowing students who graduated from the state's high schools but who don't have legal status in the U.S. to be eligible for in-state tuition.

— Texas: Lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow immigrants living in the country illegally to obtain driver's license.

— Vermont: A bill that would allow foreign workers, many of whom are on rural farms, to get restricted driver's licenses passed the Senate and is being considered in the House.

— Washington state: Lawmakers have proposed a measure to make young immigrants living in the country without legal permission eligible for college financial aid. The bill passed the House but is stalled in the Senate.

Also:

— Puerto Rico: In March, Puerto Rico's governor endorsed a proposal to let immigrants living in the U.S. territory illegally apply for provisional driver's licenses.

— Washington D.C.: On May Day, the mayor announced that he plans to introduce legislation to allow people living in the country illegally to get driver's licenses in the nation's capital.

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