Further, the state agency is no longer inquiring about their previous immigration status. Those changes have apparently sped up the approval process. Between May and June, the state issued 2,753 licenses to such immigrants, up from the 1,872 that were issued between January and May.
The state agency has also agreed to pay the plaintiffs’ attorneys $35,000 to cover costs and expenses arising from the suit. Those details were disclosed in a settlement that stems from a federal lawsuit six immigrants filed in April. Represented by the Southern Poverty Law Center and Atlanta immigration attorney Justin Chaney, they complained the state illegally discriminated against them by denying them driver’s licenses.