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Arizona Blasted for Denying Licenses to Deferred Action Recipients

Saturday, August 18, 2012

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Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s decision to deny driver’s licenses to young undocumented immigrants who qualify for Deferred Action has drawn criticism from the ACLU, which says the move shows a failure to grasp the subtleties of immigration law.

“We think the governor is mistaken with respect to the driver’s licenses. This is an example of why states shouldn’t get involved in immigration law because they don’t have an understanding of the complexity of these types of laws,” Alessandra Soler, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona, told Efe Thursday.

Brewer on Wednesday signed a directive ordering state agencies to take immediate measures to prevent Deferred Action applicants from gaining access to Arizona driver’s licenses, identification cards and other public benefits.

Deferred Action, which was announced two months ago by President Barack Obama and took effect on Wednesday, offers qualified undocumented young people the chance to delay deportation for a renewable two-year period.

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