[et_pb_section fb_built="1″ admin_label="section" _builder_version="3.22″][et_pb_row admin_label="row" _builder_version="3.25″ background_size="initial" background_position="top_left" background_repeat="repeat"][et_pb_column type="4_4″ _builder_version="3.25″ custom_padding="||||" custom_padding__hover="||||"][et_pb_text admin_label="Text" _builder_version="3.27.4″ background_size="initial" background_position="top_left" background_repeat="repeat"]On Monday I reported that California had wrongly suspended unemployment benefits for several people protected by Temporary Protected Status (TPS), whose employment authorization cards expired on September 9, 2010, even though the government had extended them through March 2011.
Now I am informed that a person in North Carolina was denied a driver's license renewal for the same reason.
It should be noted that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security automatically extended the validity of all employment authorization cards for Salvadorans under TPS until March 9, 2011. This means that the documents are still valid and must be accepted as such by all U.S. government agencies, including the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
If they have problems, they should insist that the document is valid and show documentation that proves this fact. They can also ask the appropriate authorities to contact the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services helpline at 202-272-1533 to verify the automatic extension of work permits.
If you or someone you know has been denied driver's license or unemployment benefits because your employment authorization card expired, please send me an email with your name and state of residence. This way, we will be able to know how many cases there are to notify the authorities of the error.[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section]