Supreme Court denies Brewer plea, Dreamers to get driver’s licenses


Some illegal immigrants will be permitted to obtain driver’s licenses in Arizona after the Supreme Court Wednesday rejected a request for stay from Gov. Jan Brewer.

The court’s action means the 20,000 young immigrants in Arizona who have received protection under President Barack Obama’s policy may receive driver’s licenses. The Arizona Department of Transportation said Dreamers should not head off to get a license because the case is still in the court system.

Brewer asked the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to hold its ruling that blocked her policy of denying driver’s licenses to young immigrants who have avoided deportation under an Obama administration policy. That hold was denied so Brewer appealed to the Supreme Court.

The 9th Circuit had ruled in July there was no legitimate state interest in treating young immigrants who were granted deferred action on deportation differently from other noncitizens who could apply for licenses.

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