Thursday, November 29, 2012

Lawsuit Asserts Unconstitutional Policy Unfairly Targets Young Immigrants

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer

As reported on ImmigrationProf, the state of Arizona, home of the immigration enforcement law known as S.B. 1070 and controversial Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, had a peculiarly Arizonan response to the Obama administration's Deferred Action for Childhhood Arrivals (DACA) program.  In contrast to the actions of other states, such as California, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer issued an executive order the same day that the administration began accepting DACA applications, barring the state from issuing driver's licenses to noncitizens granted relief under the new program.

In a news release, the ACLU announced that a coalition of civil rights organizations today filed a class-action lawsuit (American Dream Act Coalition v. Brewer) challenging Arizona’s unconstitutional policy denying driver’s licenses to immigrant youth afforded DACA relief. The lawsuit seeks to block the Arizona Executive Order issued after the federal government implemented the DACA program. 

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the Arizona Dream Act Coalition, an immigrant youth-led organization, and five young individuals.  The legal team for the plaintiff class includes the the ACLUACLU of Arizona, National Immigration Law Center, Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, and Polsinelli Shughart, P.C.

Click here to download the complaint, which alleges federal preemption and Equal Protection claims, in the case.


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