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Justice department opposes Arizona effort to deny ‘dreamers’ driver’s licenses

By Howard Fischer Capitol Media Services via Arizona Daily Star

Attorney General Mark Brnovich is getting no help from the Trump administration in his last-ditch bid to deny driver’s licenses to “dreamers.”

In fact, the Department of Justice is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to reject his plea. Instead, Noel Francisco, the federal solicitor general, is telling the justices that they should let stand a ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that voided the Arizona policy. He said there is reason to believe that the appellate court reached the correct conclusion based on the evidence before it — and that Arizona is legally wrong.

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The legal merits of the case aside, Francisco said that Arizona appears to be the only state in the country that has decided those in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program are not entitled to licenses. Given that, he said there is no reason for the nation’s high court to step in.

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