By Griselda Nevarez, November 18, 2012 | Source: Voxxi.com
The deferred action program giving undocumented youth reprieve from deportation and work permits was recently put to the test in Arizona when a dreamer, who recently applied for the federal program, was arrested for a minor traffic violation.
Cesar Valdes, a 20-year-old who came to the United States from Guerrero when he was a toddler, was driving his younger brother to school Thursday morning when a Phoenix police officer stopped him for driving with an expired license plate.
Valdes explained to the officer that he recently paid to have it renewed and wasn’t ticketed for the offense. Instead, he was ticketed for failing to produce a valid driver’s license and identification.
The officer proceeded to arrest Valdes because he wasn’t able to prove he was in the country legally, as required by Arizona’s new immigration law.