WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court this week moved to take a closer look at Arizona’s bid to deny driver’s licenses to recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, sparking concern among immigration-rights advocates.
The justices Monday asked for the views of the solicitor general – a move that signals the court is considering taking a case – in Arizona’s appeal of lower court rulings that said the state cannot deny the licenses to DACA recipients.
The solicitor general could recommend that the court not take the case, which some advocates were hoping for this week, but the greater chance that this opens the door to another day in court for the state caused some concern.
“We’re students that don’t deserve to be attacked,” said Karina Ruiz, the executive director of the Arizona Dream Act Coalition. “If they give that information to the Supreme Court, then we’re hoping that the Supreme Court would make a decision of not taking the case.”
It was the coalition that sued to block then-Gov. Jan Brewer’s 2012 executive order denying licenses to so-called DREAMers, undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children. Those youth can apply for temporary protection from deportation if they meet certain criteria.
DACA recipients can also receive work authorization – a form that the Brewer administration said it would not accept as proof of legal status for driver’s license applicants in Arizona.
The coalition, backed by the American Civil Liberties Union, sued Brewer’s administration on behalf…
click here to read more.