» Group Sues Arizona Over Policy to Deny Drivers Licenses to Deferred Action Young Immigrants

Group Sues Arizona Over Policy to Deny Drivers Licenses to Deferred Action Young Immigrants

Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 4, 2013 – An Arizona policy to deny state driver's licenses to some people is garnering protest.

A coalition of civil rights groups filed suit on November 29, 2012 to block an Arizona policy that denies driver's licenses to certain foreign nationals who are granted Deferred Action status and deemed temporarily eligible to remain and work in the U.S. by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

In a statement on the matter, Dallas immigration attorney Stewart Rabinowitz said, "Beyond mean-spiritedness, it is hard to see what Arizona's interest is in prohibiting issuance of state driver's licenses to beneficiaries of a federal program to permit certain, young, qualifying foreign nationals to remain in the U.S. and have employment authorization for a two-year period."

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer issued Arizona Executive Order 2012-06 on August 15 in the wake of the Department of Homeland Security's implementation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The program allows certain young undocumented immigrants who have been in the United States for at least five years and who arrived prior to turning 16 to live and work in the U.S. for a renewable period of two years without threat of deportation. It does not confer lawful immigration status or provide a path to citizenship.

The Executive Order directs state agencies to prevent Deferred Action recipients from obtaining eligibility “for any taxpayer-funded public benefits and state identification, including a driver's license.”

The lawsuit claims that the state policy violates the U.S. Constitution's Supremacy Clause by contradicting federal immigration law and violates the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment by discriminating against certain foreign nationals.

Mr. Rabinowitz continued by adding, "If Arizona Republicans want to further alienate Hispanics, and frustrate federal immigration policy which has provided a reprieve from removal for such persons, this action will be an effective tool. Hispanics are one of the fastest growing minorities in the U.S. who were a critical voting block in the 2012 Presidential election, and their clout is likely to only grow. That fact does not portend well for Republicans."

To learn more, contact a Dallas immigration lawyer or Dallas immigration attorney at Rabinowitz & Rabinowitz, P.C., call 1.972.233.6200 or visit http://www.rabinowitzrabinowitz.com.

Rabinowitz & Rabinowitz, P.C.
14901 Quorum Drive, Suite 580
Dallas, Texas 75254
Phone: 972.233.6200

  • Legislation introduced to extend the EB-5 program proposes major changes
    Bi-partisan legislation has been introduced in the U.S. Senate to extend the EB-5 regional center program for immigrant investors, and it includes significant changes. Senators Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) introduced Senate Bill 1501 on June 3. The proposed legislation would implement a five-year extension of the EB-5 regional center program, which would […]
  • U.S. to Increase Security for Visa Waiver Participants
    On August 6, 2015, United States Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson announced plans to increase security for countries whose citizens can participate in the Visa Waiver program.  The Visa Waiver program currently includes 38 countries.  Citizens of those countries can apply for admission to the United States as a visitor without first obtaining a […]
  • USCIS issues final guidance on when to file an amended H-1B petition
    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has issued final guidance regarding when an amended H-1B petition must be filed, after USCIS’ Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) issued the precedent decision, Matter of Simeio Solutions, LLC. Matter of Simeio Solutions, LLC concerns the H-1B visa classification, a nonimmigrant category which permits a U.S. employer to employ a […]

See other news sources publishing this article. BETA | Tags: , ,



Get headlines from Law Firm Newswire sent right to your inbox.

* indicates required