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Updated Mar 22, 2013 - 4:29 pm

Arizona driver’s license battle heads to court

PHOENIX — A federal judge plans to rule in a few weeks in Arizona’s
challenge of President Barack Obama’s policy allowing young illegal immigrants
to stay in the United States.

The lawsuit heard Friday is seeking to block Gov. Jan Brewer’s order denying
driver’s licenses for young immigrants who are protected from deportation and
have received work permits under the new policy.

Immigrant groups argue that Arizona’s interpretation of the policy is
unconstitutional because the state allows some immigrants with work permits to
get driver’s licenses, but it won’t let immigrants protected by Obama’s policy
pursue any benefits because the state doesn’t consider them legal residents.

An American Civil Liberties Union said Friday that Arizona is creating its own
immigration policy.

Brewer’s lawyers claim Obama’s policy isn’t federal law.


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