Arizona

Mar 22, 2013 6:26 AM by Associated Press

Arizona driver's license battle heads to court

PHOENIX (AP) - A request to block Gov. Jan Brewer's order denying driver's licenses for immigrants who have gotten work permits and avoided deportation under a new Obama administration policy is being debated in federal court.

U.S. District Judge David Campbell is scheduled to hear arguments Friday in a lawsuit by immigrant rights advocates that say Brewer's policy is unconstitutional because it's trumped by federal law. The lawsuit alleges the policy makes it difficult or impossible for such young immigrants to go to school, grocery stores and keep a job.

Brewer's lawyers counter that President Barack Obama's policy doesn't have the same trumping effect of federal law. They say the young immigrants named in the lawsuit didn't support their allegation that they can't attend to their daily needs without a license.

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