Immigration

Iowa Decides Not to Issue Driver's License to Illegal Immigrants Qualifying Under Obama Temporary Relief Program

Says it's complying with state and federal la in doing so

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Immigrant advocates are criticizing Thursday's decision by the Iowa Department of Transportation to deny driver's licenses to young people whom the Obama administration has allowed to stay and work in this country.

However, state officials say the decision — which could affect almost 5,000 Iowa immigrants — is simply intended to comply with state law and federal guidelines. In addition, key leaders in the Iowa Legislature say they have no plans to enact measures requiring DOT officials to issue driver's licenses to such workers.