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Young immigrants get Arizona driver’s licenses

A line stretches outside an a Arizona Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division office, as many young immigrants protected from deportation under new Obama administration policies begin pursuing Arizona driver's licenses, Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, in Phoenix. Monday marked the first day that about 20,000 immigrants in the country illegally who have received protection from deportation could apply for Arizona licenses. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

They waited in line in the dark outside motor vehicle offices, cheered when the doors opened and celebrated again upon passing their driving tests. For many young immigrants in Arizona, Monday marked a landmark day as they were able to get driver's licenses for the first time.

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Arizona racial profiling costs taxpayers $21M

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Taxpayers in metropolitan Phoenix are expected to pay out an estimated $21 million over the next year and a half for changes ordered in response to a court ruling that found an Arizona sheriff's office racially profiled Latinos in its regular traffic and immigration patrols.

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