Appeals Court Rejects Plea to Delay Licenses for ‘Dreamers’
By: Howard Fischer, Capitol Media Services Time is running out for Arizona to keep licenses out of the hands of dreamers. Without comment, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals this morning rejected a plea by Gov. Jan Brewer to hold off enforcing its ruling that she and the state Department of Transportation are acting illegally in refusing to issue licenses to those accepted into the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Brewer had sought time to prepare a petition asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review – and overturn – that 9th Circuit ruling. Jennifer Newell, attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union said the clock is now working against Brewer and her legal team. Newell said that, absent Supreme Court intervention, the 9th Circuit ruling takes effect seven days from today’s denial. And that would require U.S. District Court Judge David Campbell to issue an order directing ADOT to issue licenses to dreamers who meet all the other legal qualifications for an Arizona driver’s license.