Edwin Palacio arrived in the U.S. from the Philippines in 1993 and was granted political asylum two years later.

Since then he has worked for computer companies and received security clearances to audit private and government information systems. But the 54-year-old Austin resident is now identified as a "temporary visitor" on his new Texas driver's license, which he worries will hamper him and his wife in getting a home mortgage.

Palacio joined a group of lawmakers and civil rights advocates Tuesday in calling on the governing board of the Texas Department of Public Safety to rescind the new policy requiring noncitizens to renew their licenses annually and provide documentation that they are in the country legally.

Critics said the policy is having unintended consequences on people who are legal immigrants like Palacio and on some longtime citizens who lack birth certificates or passports.

Janet Elliott, Houston Chronicle, December 10, 2008

Illegal Immigration

Updated: Wed, Dec 17th 2008 @ 2:26pm EST