Lawsuit Alleges Georgia Is Discriminating Against Puerto Ricans

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A new lawsuit in Georgia claims the state has been discriminating against Puerto Ricans who attempt to obtain driver’s licenses. The suit alleges that the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) quizzes Puerto Rican Americans and then seizes their documents without explanation.

The Southern Center of Human Rights (SCHR) and LatinoJustice PRLDEF, formerly known as the Puerto Rico Legal Defense and Education Fund, filed the lawsuit on July 2 on behalf of US citizen Kenneth Caban Gonzalez, who was born in Puerto Rico but moved to Georgia. After moving to the state, Caban Gonzalez applied for a driver’s license in 2017 and gave DDS his birth certificate, social security card, and Puerto Rican license.

In November 2017, Caban Gonzalez was arrested and accused of providing falsified documents to the DDS. He was charged with one count of first degree forgery and one count of “false statements and…

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