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Brewer urges court to let her keep license policy

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer delivers her 2013 State of the State address. (Photo by Ryan Cook/RJ Cook Photography)

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (Photo by Ryan Cook/RJ Cook Photography)

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s lawyers are urging an appeals court to let her continue with a policy that denies driver’s licenses for young immigrants who have gotten work permits and avoided deportation under an Obama administration policy.

A lower-court judge refused an earlier request by immigrant rights advocates to halt Brewer’s policy.

The advocates have appealed the decision and contend the policy is trumped by federal law.

Brewer’s lawyers told the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in a filing Monday that Arizona’s policy doesn’t conflict with federal law and that the state has authority to distinguish between immigrants with work permits who are on the path toward permanent residency and those benefiting from Obama’s policy.

Last summer, the Obama administration took administrative steps to shield thousands of immigrants from deportation.

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2 comments

  1. Lets see here…..No license + no way to obtain state mandated car insurance = An uninsured driver, hitting me on the way home from work, thus I have to pay for my own medical bills, after being hit by the uninsured motorist.

    I guess if they don’t have a license, they will have no way to register their vehicles. No way to register vehicles, means they will be out stealing license plates in the middle of the night. (Probably mine)

    Maybe…. they will stop buying cars, paying registration fees, purchasing parts, fuel and insurance. Sounds like a good economic recovery plan to me.

    Brilliant idea Brewer!

  2. Actually nondocumented immigrants can indeed get legal license plates from the MVR and registration for their cars in Arizona. This little gap needs to be cut off.

    And they can get some sort of fraudulent insurance (though they don’t pay the claims) as I understand it.

    But the kids who were brought here as infants and have grown up here is another story altogether. Can’t really send them back to wherever they came from because all they know is here.

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