Ala. granting DLs for immigrants under Obama rule

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) —
The state of Alabama says it will allow hundreds of immigrants to take
driver license tests under a new Obama administration rule.

While
the state has fought the administration over immigration laws, it says
it will honor certifications granted under the program called Deferred
Action for Childhood Arrivals.

A state trooper spokesman, Sgt. Steven Jarrett, says certain offices will begin issuing licenses under the program today.

The state says 631 people have been approved for certification in Alabama, and as many as 1,500 could be.

The
administration program grants valid federal work permits to qualified
applicants who were brought into the United States as children without
legal authorization.

Jarrett says the state determined the program isn't at odds with Alabama's tough law cracking down on illegal immigrants.

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