Obama's Executive Order Could Grant 50,000 to 80,000 Basin Immigrants a Valid ID

Obama's Executive Order Could Grant 50,000 to 80,000 Basin Immigrants a Valid ID

By Alicia Neaves
NewsWest 9

PERMIAN BASIN - More than a 1.5 million illegal immigrants now have a chance to get a work permit and driver's license here. It's all because of the President's Executive Order on immigration.

We have the potential to see 1.5 million more people in Texas alone getting in line at the DMV to get an ID. Closer to home, try 50,000-80,000 immigrants from Midland and Odessa who will be eligible to get a driver's license.

This, we're told, is great news for our local economy.

"It's gonna be transformative. People that were making less than minimum wage, people who earn cash economy, now they will be on a regular paycheck. That will raise their wages and transform how they and their family live," Attorney, Domingo García, said.

President Obama's executive action could change the lives of 1.5 million undocumented immigrants in Texas alone, if they qualify.

If they were in the U.S. before 2010, if they have a child who is a U.S. citizen and if they have no criminal record, chances are, they'll be in line at the DMV getting an ID.

"They'll be able to get a driver's license and, as well as be able to legalize their status here in the United States, and come out of the shadows and be part of the Texas economy and the U.S. economy," García said.

These immigrants will also be eligible for insurance.

"Right now, these immigrants, you have a wreck with them, they have no insurance. Which means your insurance pays for it. Now, they will have to have insurance," García said.

Lawyers say this is great news for West Texas as more tax dollars will flood into our local economy.

"People buying cars, houses and that would help all of West Texas because now you have people that can get a bank account, that can get credit. That's gonna be a total plus for West Texas," García said.

Applications for deferred deportation are projected to be ready by March or April of 2015.

Lawyers are encouraging immigrants to seek legal advice if they qualify and they advise them to gather all their legal documents like birth certificates now. Also, it is recommended immigrants include any documents proving how long they've lived in the U.S., like a credit card statement or children's school records. That way, they'll be ready when the application process comes around next year.