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Arizona Suit Challenges Driver’s License Restrictions For Immigrant Youths

Posted Nov 30, 2012 5:35 PM CDT
By Rachel M. Zahorsky

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A group of civil and immigrant rights organizations challenged an executive order by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer Thursday which denies driver’s licenses to some youths who recently received immigration relief and work permits under the Obama administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

The suit argues that the order is unconstitutional and that only the federal government has the authority to determine who is in the country illegally. It also alleges that the state mandate violates the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Brewer issued the order in August in response to the program, which protects young people in the country illegally from deportation and authorizes them to live and work in the United States for two years.

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