Judge Tells Texas DPS that Legal Immigrants Really Do Deserve a License to Drive
Well, just this morning a judge in Austin -- Orlinda Naranjo, a Rick Perry appointee -- said that DPS is in no position to make such decisions and issued a temporary injunction that prevents the department from enforcing its policy. As Naranjo notes in her ruling, which can be read in its entirety here, "This case is not about illegal immigrants obtaining drivers licenses, it is about legal residents who have been denied or have been threatened a denial of a driver license."
Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund attorney David Hinojosa, who's handling the case, says in a media release that "DPS has created havoc by attempting to inject its political agenda into the lawmaking process and improperly giving second-class status to individuals who in every way have complied with the laws of the land regarding their presence in the United States and Texas. The court's injunction puts a temporary stop to that agenda and we look forward to a permanent injunction after trial."