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Arizona To Deny Licenses To Undocumented Youth

August 16, 2012 By Staff

Top Story — As thousands of young undocumented immigrants across the U.S. applied for deferred status and work visas on Wednesday, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer ordered state agencies to deny them driver’s licenses and other public benefits, arguing that the federal government has no right to give immigrants legal status. Wednesday was the first day that U.S. President Barack Obama’s new “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” policy took effect, which provides undocumented immigrants under age 30 who entered the U.S. as children the right to relief from deportation proceedings and makes them eligible for work visas. A spokesman for Brewer said that the young immigrants “are able to remain in the country and not be deported, and not be prosecuted, but they do not have lawful status” under the new policy. Brewer, who took Arizona’s controversial SB 1070 to the Supreme Court in June, said she was following the intent of Arizona state law, but the Arizona DREAM Act Coalition said that Brewer was “bullying defenseless young people.”

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