Court Rules DREAMERs Must Be Eligible For Arizona Licenses

On Tuesday, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in California ruled that Arizona must allow young illegal entrants to obtain an Arizona driver’s license.

The Court issued a 42-page opinion which found that the youths “suffered irreparable” harm from Arizona’s policy.

A federal judge in Phoenix issued a permanent injunction in the case in January 2015.

In 2012 under the Obama Administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy, illegal youth commonly referred to as DREAMers, were allowed to temporarily stay in the country, get work permits and in nearly all states get drivers licenses.

In August of 2012, Governor Jan Brewer issued an executive order denying dreamer’s driver’s licenses.

Also on Tuesday, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced 22 amicus briefs have been filed in the U.S. Supreme Court supporting Texas’ lawsuit against the Obama Administration’s executive action on immigration. The briefs include input from Texas Governor Greg Abbott and other governors, U.S. Senators and the U.S. House of Representatives, former U.S. Attorneys General, and federal court scholars, among others.

“This lawsuit to stop President Obama’s illegal immigration policy is about a concept as old as the nation’s founding – the separation of powers,” Attorney General Paxton said. “These amicus briefs represent the growing national opposition to the Obama Administration’s unilateral action. No president has the power to override the will of the People as vested in our Constitution, and I look forward to taking this case before the highest court later this month on behalf of 26 states.”

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