Letter: Thanks for defending Iowa’s right to American Dream


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Posted Online: Jan. 28, 2013, 2:05 pm
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It is a time to celebrate another success in helping our young dreamers achieve the American Dream. Young immigrants in Iowa who are issued a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival under a presidential order will be eligible to apply for a state-issued driver's license in Iowa after all.

Paul Trombino, director of the Iowa Department of Transportation, announced that a previous ruling would be reversed. Trombino said, "new guidance from federal officials prompted him to reconsider."

As Gov. Terry Brandstad notes in the Iowa Driver's Manual, "Iowa lies at the crossroads of America. With Interstates 35 and 80 intersecting through the heart of Iowa, state and county roads crisscrossing our countryside, and a vast network of city streets, it will take diligence from each and every driver to ensure the safety of all drivers and passengers on Iowa's roadways."

The DOT's reversal is one step forward to making Iowa roads safer. While government policies can sometimes limit our freedoms as witnessed by the previous DOT decision, our state legislatures and leaders are also often the most effective avenues for defending and expanding our rights and liberties.
Thank you, Director Trombino, for defending the rights and liberties of these young dreamers to drive and achieve their American dreams.

And thank you for further ensuring the safety of all drivers and passengers on Iowa's roadways.

Michael Woods,
executive director,
Casa Quad Cities



















 



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