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Civil Rights Group Celebrates Rosa Parks' Birthday


LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - One local civil rights group decided what would have been Rosa Parks' 100th birthday was the perfect day to mark their continued fight for equality.

Secretary of the State of Michigan Ruth Johnson announced that the state will allow Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students the ability to get a drivers license.

DACA refers to an executive order signed last summer by President Obama. The move by Johnson supposedly came after the U.S. Department of Homeland Security clarified DACA to grant a two-year legal status for those who qualify. It also allows them to apply for a driver's license starting on February 19.

In order to qualify for DACA status individuals need:

  • To be under 31 as of June 15, 2012
  • Arrived in the U.S. Under age 16
  • Be in school, graduated from high school, have a GED or an honorable discharge from service among other qualifications

Father Fred Thelen and his group Action of Greater Lansing also announced the launch the "dream for all" campaign. The group, in partnership with National Organization Gamaliel, pushes for comprehensive immigration reform. They are pushing for a path to citizenship first and foremost and Father Thelen says the legislators they have met with applaud their efforts.

"They supported us and really encouraged us to build grassroots support so that we can be approaching this from both the grassroots and national level to convince everyone that this is the right thing for America as well as for the immigrants," said Father Thelen.

Action of Greater Lansing will also hold a conference on March 16 to educate the community further on immigration reform.

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