Federal Court Strikes Down Arizona Governor's Drivers License Ban

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An appeals court on Monday halted Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s policy of denying driver’s licenses to recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit found that the young immigrants would be harmed by the unequal treatment from the state.

The Dream Action Coalition called the Federal Court's decision a demonstration that politics will not get in the way of law and fairness.

"I am excited with joy to know the federal court realizes the injury that so many Dreamers, like myself, have to go through by not having a drivers licenses," said Erika Andiola from the Dream Action Coalition. "In Arizona, it can mean the difference between driving to school and work with no fear and being stopped and deported for having no license. Arizona Governor Jan Brewer and Sheriff Arpaio have made it their mission to target undocumented immigrants with harsh charges solely to elevate their politics at the cost of our communities. Once again, Dreamers won and now we are ready to fight for our parents to have the same rights as us."