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State gathering evidence in Arizona license battle

PHOENIX — Civil rights advocates have four months to gather evidence in
their case to overturn Arizona’s ban on driver’s licenses for young immigrants
who have gotten work permits under an Obama administration program.

U.S. District Judge David Campbell said Friday the plaintiffs and the state
have until late October to share and gather documents that will help the court
determine whether the license ban is legal under the U.S. Constitution’s equal
protection clause.

Campbell has denied a request for a preliminary injunction on the ban.
Immigrant rights advocates say the policy makes it difficult for young
immigrants to do everyday things, such as drive to school or work. They plan to
file an appeal in July.

Gov. Jan Brewer says the Obama administration’s immigration policy unveiled
last year isn’t federal law.

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