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    Arizona driver's license ruling marks immigration victory for Obama

    By Warren Richey, Staff writer January 23, 2015

    A federal judgeís decision to permanently require Arizona to issue driverís licenses to immigrants who have been granted deferred action from deportation marks another significant victory for the Obama administration in its effort to exert executive power over immigration in the face of opposition by various state governments.

    US District Judge David Campbell issued a permanent injunction Thursday blocking measures endorsed by Arizona officials that had been designed to prevent so-called Dreamers from obtaining state-issued driverís licenses.

    Licenses have been issued under a preliminary injunction for the past month to participants in President Obamaís Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

    The new permanent injunction requires Arizona to grant driverís licenses to any would-be immigrant who has been issued employment authorization by the federal government.

    The ruling means that as many as 80,000 Dreamers in Arizona can receive licenses that will allow them to drive to and from work and lead more comfortable and normal lives despite their unsettled immigration status.

    In 2012, the Obama administration announced that it would defer deportation for a category of young US residents who entered the US illegally with their parents. In November, President Obama announced that he was expanding the deferred action program to include up to five million of the estimated 11 million residents believed to be in the US without legal authorization.

    Some 25 states are suing the Obama administration in federal court in Texas, arguing that the presidentís unilateral action violates the separation of powers and exceeds other constitutional checks on executive authority.

    The judge in that case held a hearing last week and is expected to rule soon on a requested injunction to block the presidentís executive actions on immigration.

    The Arizona driverís license case was brought by a coalition of immigrants, who complained that the ban on licenses violated the Constitutionís guarantee of equal protection.

    Judge Campbell agreed. He noted in his 20-page decision that Arizona refused to accept federal work authorization documents issued to Dreamers, even though the state had long accepted those same documents for other immigrants seeking driverís licenses.

    ďThe Court is not saying that the Constitution requires the State of Arizona to grant driverís licenses to all noncitizens,Ē Judge Campbell wrote. ďBut if the State chooses to confer licenses on some individuals who have been temporarily authorized to stay [in the US] by the federal government, it may not deny them to similarly situated individuals without a rational basis for the distinction.Ē

    The judge concluded that the state had failed to offer a rational reason for treating the two groups differently.

    Arizona has long been a battleground between the Obama administrationís more permissive immigration approach and the stateís attempt to crack down on illegal immigration.

    The battle reached the US Supreme Court in 2012, where the majority justices struck down several state measures that they said interfered with the administrationís broad discretion over immigration and the status of non-citizens in the US.

    The driverís license issue also went to the Supreme Court in an interlocutory appeal last month. Arizona asked the high court to allow the state to continue to refuse to issue driverís licenses to the Dreamers.

    The court declined the request, opening the way for the state to begin issuing licenses. Three justices Ė Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, and Samuel Alito Ė would have granted the stateís request.

    State officials are reviewing whether to appeal Campbellís injunction.

    The case is Arizona Dream Act Coalition v. Brewer (12cv2546).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jean View Post
    Judge Campbell... noted in his 20-page decision that Arizona refused to accept federal work authorization documents issued to Dreamers, even though the state had long accepted those same documents for other immigrants seeking driver’s licenses.

    “The Court is not saying that the Constitution requires the State of Arizona to grant driver’s licenses to all noncitizens,” Judge Campbell wrote. “But if the State chooses to confer licenses on some individuals who have been temporarily authorized to stay [in the US] by the federal government, it may not deny them to similarly situated individuals without a rational basis for the distinction.”
    The problem is that both 'Bamacrats and the Repub leadership want open borders. ' Bamacrats want open borders, to get the votes of all those Undocumented Democrats. The Repub leadership wants open borders, to undermine American sovereignty, so that the United States can be run for the convenience of corporations.

    There are a few legislators who are still willing to go public with an American perspective. There are a few websites, such as ALOIPAC, NumbersUSA, and Center for Immigration Studies, where people can learn about an American perspective, send faxes for free to their elected representatives, and get in depth analysis of immigration's effect on Americans. And the people who participate in those sites also sometimes participate on social media sites, but really it's an uphill battle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vistalad View Post
    An American perspective is out of fashion.
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    Only for some. Most Americans still hold the American perspective. And most people of the world still hold a similar perspective with respect to their own countries, so what is going on here is a perspective anomaly driven by people on the take with the cartels behind this whole travesty.

    It's a shame that Arizona lost the ruling. What Arizona could do based on this ruling is revoke all driver's licenses issued to non-citizens who were issued temporary permission to remain in the US and/or a federal work authorization permit. The court appears to recognize the state's rights to deny licenses to non-citizens, it just seems to be pushing the bar a bit far on doing so consistently.

    I never understood why states issued regular driver's licenses to non-citizens to begin with. If they are here legally, then they should have a special 30 permit that's a totally different design and color than a 1 year or longer regular driver's license.
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