Immigration

Judge Permanently Blocks Arizona From Denying Driver's Licenses to DREAMers

A federal judge has sided with the challengers to Arizona's denial of driver's licenses to young immigrants shielded from deportation by Obama's executive action.

Last month, the DREAMers began obtaining their first Arizona licenses after the U.S. Supreme Court ordered the state to stop enforcing the ban put in place by former Governor Jan Brewer.

Today, Arizona U.S. District Court Judge David Campbell issued a judgment for the plaintiffs in the case, a group of immigrants-rights activists, and permanently enjoined any official in the state from enforcing Brewer's 2012 executive action.

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In his order, Campbell prohibited Arizona officials from "enforcing any policy or practice by which the Arizona Department of Transportation refuses to accept Employment Authorization Documents, issued under DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program), as proof that the document holders are authorized under federal law to be present in the United States for purposes of obtaining a driver's license or state identification card."

See entire ruling below:

Click here to read the 20-page ruling.

Brewer, in denying the immigrants driver's licenses despite Obama's program, explained that she wanted to keep "illegal people" from getting driver's licenses.

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