Arizona continues to appeal Governor Jan Brewer’s denial of drivers licenses for DREAMers eligible under the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, after losing in federal court.
Arizona was in front of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals last week, and Judge Harry Pregerson reached his limit with the state of Arizona.
Howard Fischer reports, Judge rips Arizona’s effort to withhold driver’s licenses:
Federal appellate judges grilled an attorney for the state Thursday over Arizona’s efforts to deny licenses to “dreamers,” with one suggesting it was nothing short of racism.
Judge Harry Pregerson pointed out that those in the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program have been driving legally since a trial judge ordered the state to reverse its ban and begin issuing them licenses in December.
“We know — at least I know — that no horrible thing has happened on the highways of Arizona since this went into effect,” he said during arguments here.
Arizona drivers licenses aren’t compliant with new federal Real ID requirements to board airplanes and a change to a state law (passed a few years ago to assuage the fears of the black helicopter crowd) is necessary to correct that. Our conservative-led legislature, naturally, is a averse to this so the AZ Republic ed board was recently reduced to begging readers to contact Speaker of the House David Gowan to relent.
It shouldn’t have come to this. A Legislature that puts Arizonans first would have passed this bill weeks ago. Residents wouldn’t have to cross their fingers that an answer will be found. Continue reading