Will Federal Judge Permanently Block No Licenses to DREAMers Policy?

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DREAMers were legally issued driver's licenses starting Dec. 22. - MARIA INÉS TARACENA
  • Maria Inés Taracena
  • DREAMers were legally issued driver's licenses starting Dec. 22.


The question of whether a preliminary injunction from last month allowing Arizona DREAMers to issue licenses should become permanent or not is in the hands of a federal judge at the moment.

Yesterday, U.S. District Judge David Campbell, whose Dec. 18 ruling immediately allowed for as many as 22,000 young immigrants under Obama's DACA program to be issued a driver's license, heard arguments from the state and the American Civil Liberties Union.

Attorneys representing DREAMers argued the injunction should be permanent, while the state wants Campbell to put the no licenses policy back in place, and to maybe take the whole thing to a full on trial, ACLU of Arizona Senior Counsel Dan Pochoda explained.

Pochoda said they are confident Campbell will make the injunction permanent. After all, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in July sided with the DREAMers, saying the ban was probably unconstitutional.  And, last month, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld that ruling, denying then-Gov. Jan Brewer's request for a stay.

“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. 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," Brewer said in a statement last month.

In an Arizona Republic article, Gov. Doug Ducey's spokesman, Daniel Scarpinato, said Ducey is "continuing to monitor the case and reviewing options with lawyers."

Campbell said he'd be quick in making a decision, according to various news outlets. 

Here's an in-depth article by the Capitol Media Services on what's happening—"Fate of AZ dreamers driver's licenses could depend on rational basis."


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