Lawyers set to argue for immigrant driver's licenses
By The Associated Press
(Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -
Immigrants' rights groups are scheduled to speak before a federal court in Phoenix, asking for a preliminary injunction ordering Arizona to provide driver's licenses to immigrants who have received deferred action.
Attorneys with Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund and the National Immigration Law Center are expected to argue Friday that failure to provide licenses violates immigrants' constitutional rights.
In 2012, President Barack Obama's administration introduced a policy allowing undocumented immigrants who were brought into the country as children to apply for work permits and a two-year period of deferred action from deportation.
Then-Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer successfully barred state officials from issuing licenses to recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.
However, the state failed to apply the federal court's ruling to all immigrants with deferred action recipients.