AZ Gov sued over drivers license policy for immigrants

Posted at: 11/29/2012 11:57 AM
Updated at: 11/29/2012 12:00 PM
By: The Associated Press

PHOENIX (AP) - Immigrant rights advocates have filed a lawsuit in a bid to overturn Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's order denying driver's licenses for young immigrants who have gotten work permits and avoided deportation under a new Obama administration policy.

The lawsuit filed Thursday asks a federal judge to declare Brewer's policy unconstitutional because it's trumped by federal law and denies licenses without valid justification.

The Obama administration in June took administrative steps to shield as many as 800,000 immigrants from deportation.

Brewer has defended her Aug. 15 order on driver's licenses as necessary for ensuring that state agencies adhere to the intent of state laws denying public benefits to illegal immigrants.

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