Wednesday, June 30, 2004

Tennessean editorial: outreach needed to ease Certificate for Driving confusion

"Tennessee officials will need all the help they can get from the immigrant community to enforce the new driving certificates that will be given out beginning Thursday."

"The first certificate hasn't been issued, but the documents already are a mess because of conflicting information from various law enforcement agencies and the state. The Department of Safety will send out letters this week to various groups, including the Tennessee Retailers Association explaining the law, but the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition could turn out to be the state's best resource on this issue."

"The coalition meanwhile is helping the state by urging immigrants to both get the certificate and carry extra I.D. in case they are stopped. The group has also managed to help three immigrants wrongly denied driver's licenses."

The Tennessean

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