Pass HB12! Allow Victims of Torture and Persecution to Get Driver's Licenses in Virginia
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Virginia law does not allow certain groups of immigrants who are lawfully present and residing long-term in the United States to apply for a driver's license. Currently, persons with "withholding of removal" and protection under the Convention Against Torture (CAT) cannot obtain a driver's license in Virginia. Withholding of removal is very similar to asylum and is for people who have proven to an immigration judge in court that they face a "clear probability" of persecution if they return to their home countries. Protection under CAT is for those who have proven to an immigration judge in court that it is more likely than not that they will be tortured if they return to their home countries.
Almost all of the people with these protections will permanently and lawfully reside in the United States and will not return to their home countries yet they cannot obtain a driver's license in Virginia which could help them rebuild their lives and support their families. Other immigrants who are lawfully present are able to apply for driver's licenses in Virginia, and there is no rational reason to exclude this group.
HB12 has been proposed by Delegate Kaye Kory and is supported by many other Virginia delegates and would allow this class to apply for driver's licenses in Virginia. Please sign this petition and contact your local delegate if you live in Virginia to tell them to support HB12!
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