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Ohio Immigrants Win 2 Court Cases Against BMV!

Cincinnati and Columbus, OH – Ohio immigrants, children of immigrants, refugees, and allies are celebrating two critical victories in court today. At 3pm, Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center (IJPC), Advocates for Basic Legal Equality (ABLE), and the primary youth plaintiff in one of the cases will discuss the ruling in INTERCOMMUNITY JUSTICE AND PEACE CENTER, et al. v. REGISTRAR, OHIO BUREAU OF MOTOR VEHICLES in a press conference in Cincinnati. 

The two cases are as follows:

Case: INTERCOMMUNITY JUSTICE AND PEACE CENTER, et al. v. REGISTRAR, OHIO BUREAU OF MOTOR VEHICLES.

Ruling: U.S. District Judge Edmund A. Sargus, Jr. ruled that the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) cannot deny driver’s licenses and Ohio identification cards to otherwise eligible U.S. citizens and documented children of foreign-born parents because of the parents’ immigration status. 

Press contact: Allison Reynolds-Berry, IJPC (630-336-0041; allison@IJPCcincinnati.org)

More details here.

Case: COMMUNITY REFUGEE AND IMMIGRATION SERVICES, et al. v. REGISTRAR, OHIO BUREAU OF MOTOR VEHICLES.

Ruling: U.S. District Judge Edmund A. Sargus, Jr. ruled that the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) policy of denying Ohio driver’s licenses to certain groups of refugees is preempted by federal law, and enjoined the state from enforcing the policy. 

Press contact: Angela Plummer, Executive Director, Community Refugee & Immigration Services (614-987-1650, aplummer@cris-ohio.org)

More details here.