Which States Make Life Easier or Harder for Illegal Immigrants

Where Unauthorized Immigrants Can Get Driver’s Licenses

Ten states and the District of Columbia allow unauthorized immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses using a foreign passport or birth certificate or evidence of current residency in the state. But most states require a Social Security number for a driver’s license, which unauthorized immigrants do not have.

Offers driver’s licenses,

regardless of immigration status

WASH.

VT.

CONN.

NEV.

MD.

ILL.

UTAH

COLO.

D.C.

CALIF.

N.M.

Where Unauthorized Immigrants Can Get Tuition Benefits

Twenty states allow unauthorized immigrants to attend a public college at the same in-state tuition rate that legal residents and American citizens pay. A few, like California, allow those immigrants to apply for financial aid.

Offers in-state tuition rate

Bars unauthorized immigrants from in-state tuition

WASH.

MINN.

ORE.

N.Y.

MICH.

R.I.

CONN.

NEB.

N.J.

ILL.

IND.

UTAH

MD.

COLO.

CALIF.

KAN.

ARIZ.

OKLA.

N.M.

S.C.

ALA.

GA.

TEX.

FLA.

HAWAII

Where Laws Have Been Passed Allowing Police to Question People About Their Immigration Status

Arizona passed a law in 2010 requiring the police to question anyone they arrest about immigration status if they suspect the person is in the country illegally. Five other states enacted measures patterned after the Arizona law.

Authorizes the police to ask people

about immigration status

IND.

UTAH

ARIZ.

S.C.

ALA.

GA.

Which States Are Challenging Programs to Give Work Permits and Protections from Deportation

Twenty-six states have filed a lawsuit challenging President Obama’s executive actions, which would give work permits and protection from deportation to about four million unauthorized immigrants. Some of these states, like Texas, Florida and Georgia, are among those with the largest populations of unauthorized immigrants. Another 14 states and the District of Columbia have asked a federal appeals court to allow Mr. Obama’s programs to begin.

Supports Mr. Obama’s programs

Filed lawsuit challenging the programs

WASH.

ME.

MONT.

VT.

N.D.

ORE.

WIS.

MASS.

N.Y.

IDAHO

S.D.

MICH.

R.I.

IOWA

CONN.

NEB.

NEV.

OHIO

DEL

IND.

ILL.

UTAH

MD.

W.VA.

CALIF.

D.C.

KAN.

N.C.

TENN.

OKLA.

ARIZ.

N.M.

S.C.

ARK.

MISS.

ALA.

GA.

LA.

TEX.

FLA.

HAWAII

African Law Center

African Law Center (ALC) assert refugees and immigrants rights by helping African refugees and immigrants assert their fundamental rights, through culturally appropriate and linguistically accessible legal and social interventions, so that they have the tools to rebuild their lives independently, and with dignity. Our work helps them assert their rights to live safely without harassment and fear, obtain decent shelter and food, move freely, access employment, education and healthcare, and enjoy equal protection under the law.