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Arizona 'Dreamers' Licenses Now Permanent After Judge's Rule

By    |   Friday, 23 Jan 2015 01:36 PM

Arizona's "dreamers" will continue to receive driver's licenses after U.S. District Judge David Campbell made permanent his ruling of a month ago that those young immigrants who fell under President Barack Obama's deferred-action program could receive them.

New Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, though his spokesman Daniel Scarpinato, told the Arizona Republic that his office is currently reviewing the ruling to determine their next step in the legal battle that has already cost the state $1.5 million.

Former Gov. Jan Brewer said before she left office that the state would fight the driver's license case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court if necessary.

Brewer and state officials had argued before Campbell that Obama's executive action was not a part of official immigration law set by Congress, thus immigrants who receive work permits through the action do not have a legal presence in the U.S. and can't receive a driver's license under state law.

Other state officials have said that they were concerned that issuing licenses would create liability issues and could allow immigrants to illegally receive government benefits, The New York Times noted.

Campbell, though, took the side of the American Civil Liberties Union, which argued for the "dreamers." The Arizona license ban discriminated against the immigrants in Obama's plan, he ruled, saying that other non-citizens who receive similar work permits were able to receive licenses.

ACLU attorneys also successfully argued that the state's ban "irreparably harmed" the immigrants by limiting their access to jobs.

The ruling is one of the first big legal tests of Obama's executive action measures regarding immigration. In 2012, the president instituted the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which gave young immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children the right to apply for temporary work permits and a reprieve from deportation, according to KJZZ-FM.

In November, Obama announced he would use his executive power again to protect up to 4 million illegal immigrants from deportation and focus border and deportation policy on violent and repeat criminals, according to The Washington Post.

Since then, a lawsuit was filed by 25 states arguing that the move was a "unilateral suspension of the nation's immigration laws" and was "unlawful," The Post noted.

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Arizona's "dreamers" will continue to receive driver's licenses after U.S. District Judge David Campbell made permanent his ruling of a month ago that those young immigrants who fell under President Barack Obama's deferred-action program could receive them.
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