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Arizona ‘Dreamers’ To Line Up For Driver’s Licenses; Brewer Vows Fight

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Arizona ‘Dreamers’ To Line Up For Driver’s Licenses; Brewer Vows Fight

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By Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times (TNS)

PHOENIX — Thousands of young immigrants protected from deportation under a federal program will begin lining up for Arizona driver’s licenses Monday after a federal judge removed the final barrier preventing them from applying for the documents.

A preliminary injunction issued Thursday by U.S. District Judge David Campbell bars the state from enforcing Gov. Jan Brewer’s directive to deny driver’s licenses to more than 20,000 immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally.

However, Brewer still isn’t ready to take no for an answer. On Friday she greeted Campbell’s injunction with a statement of her own in which she promised to carry the fight back to the Supreme Court.

“It is important to remember that courts have yet to consider the full merits of the case, and I believe that Arizona will ultimately prevail,” Brewer said. “Consequently, I have instructed my legal team to move forward in pursuing a full review of this matter before the United States Supreme Court as soon as possible.”

The so-called Dreamers, who have been shielded from deportation since 2012 under the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, are authorized to stay and work in the country legally. But in Arizona and Nebraska they have been denied driver’s licenses.

Campbell effectively ended the ban in Arizona when he ordered the state to ignore the governor’s directive against driver’s license applications for DACA immigrants.

That ruling came a day after the U.S. Supreme Court voted 6-3 to turn down an emergency appeal from Brewer, who sought to block an order from an appellate court that also found the state had no grounds to deny license applications to the Dreamers.

Brewer has said that rules governing who is eligible for driver’s licenses is a state issue and not one that should be decided by the federal government.

“It is outrageous that Arizona is being forced to ignore long-standing state law and comply with a flawed federal court mandate that requires the state, at least temporarily, to issue driver’s licenses to individuals whose presence is in violation of federal law, as established by the United States Congress,” she said.

But the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals didn’t buy that argument, nor another in which Brewer’s lawyers claimed the governor was trying to reduce the risk that licenses could be used to improperly gain access to public benefits.

Instead, the court said there was no legitimate state interest in treating the Dreamers differently from other noncitizens, such as green-card holders, who can drive legally. The court said Brewer’s actions were intended to express hostility toward the immigrants and toward U.S. government policy protecting them.

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36 Comments

  1. Joseph Kelsall December 22, 2014

    Could the USA not give Arizona to the Israelis and end the trouble in Palestine; then build a wall around it.

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  2. RobertCHastings December 22, 2014

    Brewer, and so many others like her, run their mouths about their “understanding” that the president is acting in an imperial manner. They should read the Constitution and examine Presidential actions by previous occupants of the White House. Obama is doing no more than his predecessors, and claims that he is overstepping his Constitutional privilege are grossly overstated. NO authority is given to the states with regard to dictating policy or actions on immigration – that is one of the powers reserved to the Administrative Branch of our government.

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    1. paulyz December 22, 2014

      You are wrong, our Constitution states very clearly that Congress is the branch of our government t that legislates. Obama himself knows and has stated many times he doesn’t have the legal authority to do what he has done. Most Americans understand this, yet because of your leftist ideology, & the National Memos’ you will still reject our basic separation of powers. By losing that, you will eventually lose your Liberty.

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      1. tranz2deep December 22, 2014

        PAUL!!
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        He is administering the law, not legislating it. He is the head of *the executive branch*. Not only is this permissible, *it’s his JOB*.

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      2. Grannysmovin December 22, 2014

        He stated he does not have the authority to to do total immigration reform by Executive Order. . He is exercising discretion to defer enforcement action on a number of illegal immigrants who are otherwise eligible for deportation. He is not granting them legal resident status. This is only temporary measure and can be reversed by Obama with the stroke of a pen or by Congress passing a Immigration Reform Bill. US immigration law, as currently written, grants this discretion to executive officials to take such “deferred
        action.” Presidents Kennedy, Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and George W. Bush all used their executive authority to defer immigration enforcement against a class of non-citizens

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        1. paulyz December 22, 2014

          So “only” giving Amnesty for 5 Million Illegals instead of 12 Million is just using discretion? Everyone knows it is politics for the Hispanic vote. What purpose does giving “temporary” Amnesty serve? Obama knows that when the new Congress eliminates this, it will become a political issue. The Illegal aliens (not immigrants), violated our Laws & the Executive Branch doesn’t hav e the authority to not enforce them. Obama also released 68,000 CRIMINAL Illegals, which I sincerely hope you would condem.

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          1. Grannysmovin December 22, 2014

            Keeping families together is the purpose. If this were just about the Hispanic vote he would have done it before the mid term elections, It is not amnesty.

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          2. WhutHeSaid December 22, 2014

            Stop lying. You are a despicable racist, and any of those immigrants deserve to be in America more than you. You and your type are the absolute bottom of the barrel.

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      3. WhutHeSaid December 22, 2014

        If you consider freedom to inflict bigoted hate on other people to be ‘liberties’, then good riddance.

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        1. paulyz December 22, 2014

          I hope you can understand the difference between Legal Immigrants & Illegal Trespassers? I see you throw out the race card instantly, when Illegals can and are from many races. I & most Americans do not make

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          1. WhutHeSaid December 22, 2014

            Stop lying. It doesn’t affect you in any possible way if somebody else gets a driver’s license. It’s only your bigoted hate that makes you even stop to think about such a thing. Stop trying to lie about the obvious: You are a bigot, and immigrants — illegal or legal — are better people than you.

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          2. JPHALL December 22, 2014

            Read the article! Forget your personal bias!

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      4. JPHALL December 22, 2014

        Did you bother to read the article? The US Supreme Court, you know the group whose job is to determine whether something is Constitutional , has already ruled that DACA is legal. So your personal belief is irrelevant.

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      5. RobertCHastings December 28, 2014

        Point #1: Obama is NOT legislating! Flash! He is absolutely within the powers of the presidency to use 1) executive orders, 2) recess appointments, 3) presidential signings, ALL of which were extensively used by his predecessor.
        Point #2 Lincoln in 1860 (BEFORE his election) very clearly delineated the difference between powers reserved to the government and powers reserved to the states, especially with regards to slavery. Lincoln also fully understood the misuse of powers by the Supreme Court, especially in Plessy v. Ferguson, which was the 1850’s equivalent of Citizens United. Your “separation of powers” argument is wasted when you don’t understand what you are talking about.

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  3. crosstown December 22, 2014

    Brewer is delusional….

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  4. James Bowen December 22, 2014

    Go Jan!

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    1. WhutHeSaid December 22, 2014

      Once again your bigoted wishes for inflicting your anti-immigrant hate on fellow immigrants (since you are also an immigrant) has been ***DENIED***.

      But have a nice day!

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      1. paulyz December 22, 2014

        Correction: Anti Illegal Trespassing, not Anti Immigrant.

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        1. WhutHeSaid December 22, 2014

          You too. Your bigoted wishes have been D.E.N.I.E.D. Get used to it.

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  5. Lynda Groom December 22, 2014

    I’m sure she is warming up that pointing finger yet again.

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  6. Whatmeworry December 22, 2014

    They all should state on the front ILLEGAL

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    1. JPHALL December 22, 2014

      The US Supreme Court has already ruled that they are legal by law and only two states are still fighting that ruling. Read the article!

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      1. Daniel Max Ketter December 22, 2014

        Ah, he’s a blowhard with false patriotism who is just a rambling village idiot.

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        1. JPHALL December 22, 2014

          You are so right! I just enjoy pointing out his ignorance.
          Subject: Re: comment on Arizona ‘ Dreamers’ To Line Up For Driver’ s Licenses; Brewer Vows Fight

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          1. Daniel Max Ketter December 23, 2014

            Several of us know who he is, and he is now using a new pen name. After getting a OTH discharge from the Air Guard, The federal govt wouldn’t hire him in civil service, so he tried to become a union lobbyist in the automotive industry. His services were not needed or ever utilized.

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          2. JPHALL December 23, 2014

            That explains a lot! Just another right wing loser trying to puff himself up to look important. Subject: Re: comment on Arizona ‘ Dreamers’ To Line Up For Driver’ s Licenses; Brewer Vows Fight

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      2. Whatmeworry December 22, 2014

        they still can be branded ILLEGAL on the drivers license

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        1. JPHALL December 22, 2014

          Why? The US Supreme Court has already ruled that they are legal by law.
          Subject: Re: comment on Arizona ‘ Dreamers’ To Line Up For Driver’ s Licenses; Brewer Vows Fight

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          1. Whatmeworry December 22, 2014

            You do realize there is no LAW

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          2. JPHALL December 22, 2014

            And don’t you realize it was done by an Executive order that the US Supreme court has not challenged? Tell your right wing friends to pass an immigration bill and the problems you see will be all solved. Subject: Re: comment on Arizona ‘ Dreamers’ To Line Up For Driver’ s Licenses; Brewer Vows Fight

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          3. Whatmeworry December 23, 2014

            You do realize there is LAW

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          4. JPHALL December 23, 2014

            Typical right winger. Keep repeating the same thing even when its been disproved or no longer relevant. The Supreme Court decides if a law or action is Constitutional. Law or not it still stands. Get over it. Subject: Re: comment on Arizona ‘ Dreamers’ To Line Up For Driver’ s Licenses; Brewer Vows Fight

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          5. Whatmeworry December 23, 2014

            Like I said its not a law, this isn’t Haiti

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          6. Whatmeworry December 24, 2014

            Like I said its a law, this isn’t Haiti

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    2. Daniel Max Ketter December 22, 2014

      Read the article dummy! Immigrants have as much right to drive as the american fat cats

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  7. Tony Torres December 23, 2014

    Brewer being the bitch she is,will probably mandate that the license shall be stamped with some kind of derogatory label. Fucking bitch is on her way out and still trying to instill bigotry in Arizona… like it needed it. This woman must a have a horrid home life that she has to act like witch, even to POTUS. No shame, just like Arpagio or whatever that idiot sheriffs name is. All they do is preach hate under the color of authority, sad.

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