Arizona Files Appeal Over DREAMer Driver’s Licenses

By Jude Joffe-Block
Published: Friday, June 5, 2015 - 4:43pm
Updated: Monday, June 8, 2015 - 10:16am

Arizona’s Attorney General has appealed a federal court’s ruling requiring the state to issue driver’s licenses to certain young immigrants brought to the country illegally as children.

A court order required Arizona in December to temporarily lift its ban denying driver’s licenses to immigrants who qualified for work permits under the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

In January, U.S. District Court Judge David Campbell made the ruling permanent, requiring the state to continue issuing licenses.

But Attorney General Mark Brnovich argues the state should be able to deny this category of immigrants licenses. Former Governor Jan Brewer instituted the driver's license ban through executive order in 2012 after President Barack Obama announced the DACA program. 

On Monday, Brnovich's office filed a 71-page appeal to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The appeals court previously ruled against the state in earlier litigation. Oral arguments are scheduled for July 16 in Pasadena, Calif.

The Arizona Attorney General’s office will soon decide whether to appeal a separate court decision that upheld a policy of granting in-state tuition to these young immigrants at the Maricopa County Community College District.

EDITOR'S NOTE: This article has been modified to reflect the court decision upheld a policy of in-state tuition at the Maricopa County Community College District.

KJZZ is licensed to Rio Salado College which is part of the Maricopa County Community College District.

Updated 6/8/2015 10:15 a.m.

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