Young immigrants, who are getting protection from the deportation threat under the new policies of Obama administration, are expected to turn up in good numbers on Monday to pursue their Arizona driver’s licenses.
The development comes as a federal judge has finally removed the final barrier that prevented the young immigrants from applying for the documents.
The Arizona Department of Transportation is expecting a big rush of immigrant applicants in the coming weeks at the offices of Motor Vehicle Division across the state.
US District Judge David Campbell on Thursday (December 18) issued a preliminary injunction that barred the state from enforcing the policy of Gov. Jan Brewer which denies the issuing of licenses to about 20,000 immigrants brought to the US illegally.
The injunction carried all the instructions issued by the ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals in July this year. Meanwhile, the governor has sought the Supreme Court to review her appeal of decision by the 9th Circuit.
“It is important to remember that courts have yet to consider the full merits of the case, and I believe that Arizona will ultimately prevail,” Brewer said while adding, “Consequently, I have instructed my legal team to move forward in pursuing a full review of this matter before the United States Supreme Court as soon as possible.”
The so-called ‘Dreamers’ were secured from the threat of deportation since 2012 under the new program of Obama administration, called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. But both Arizona and Nebraska denied driver’s licenses to the young immigrants.
After the new judgement, the young immigrants are authorized to stay in the country and work here legally.
With the order, Campbell managed to effectively end the ban in Arizona after asking the state to ignore the directive of the governor against driver’s license applications for DACA immigrants.
The ruling came a day after the US top court voted 6-3 to deny Brewer’s emergency appeal. The governor has sought the Supreme Court to block an order from an appellate court that has also found that Arizona had no grounds to turn down requests for license applications to the Dreamers.