Wednesday, April 6, 2016

AZMEX I3 6-4-16

AZMEX I3 6 APR 2016

Note: In AZ as rest of country, Driver's license is primary ID for purchase of firearms.
As always, AP describes illegal immigrants as "immigrants".

Comment: Children brought to the US by their parents, legally, do not have the problems, and if they should desire citizenship someday, usually a smooth path.

9th Circuit: AZ Dreamers can get driver's licenses
Posted: Apr 05, 2016 7:21 PM MST
Updated: Apr 05, 2016 7:21 PM MST
By The Associated Press
By News Staff

A federal appeals court has affirmed the ability of young immigrants protected from deportation to obtain an Arizona driver's license.

In a 42-page opinion Tuesday, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in California ruled the plaintiffs suffered irreparable harm from Arizona's policy.

[PDF: Read the Court's published opinion on Arizona Dream Coalition et al v. Janice Brewer et al]

Plaintiff lawyers say the policy was discriminatory and impeded the immigrants' ability to work and go to school.

A federal judge in Phoenix issued a permanent injunction in the case in January 2015.

At a hearing in Tucson last August, Arizona attorneys argued to reinstate the driver's license ban for immigrants who are part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

The state said it denied licenses over liability concerns and to reduce the risk of the licenses being used to improperly access public benefits.

In December 2014, then Rep.-elect Jay Lawrence of Scottsdale was working on a bill to "place the words NON CITIZEN across the driver's license of illegals in our state." He planned to introduce it in the legislative session that began Jan. 12, 2015, but later abandoned the measure after learning there already is a designation for non-citizens.

"Driver's licenses have a letter 'F' that designates someone a non-citizen," he said one day after the session got underway.

There was never a hearing on the measure and it has not been reintroduced.


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