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Apr 30, 2014 11:29 PM by Associated Press

Challenge to Arizona's denial of Dreamer licenses

PHOENIX (AP) - Lawyers challenging Arizona's denial of driver's licenses to young immigrants who avoided deportation under an Obama administration policy say Gov. Jan Brewer had discriminatory intent when she crafted the policy.

Immigrant rights advocates filed a lengthy motion for a summary judgment Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Phoenix and are seeking an oral argument in the case.

They say Brewer's policy decision reflects an intention to target noncitizens on their immigration status and a rejection of the Dreamers' federally authorized presence.

They also say Brewer had referred to the Obama administration policy as "backdoor amnesty" and political pandering.

In separate filings, the governor's lawyers say her August 2012 policy change was necessary for ensuring that state agencies adhere to the intent of state laws denying public benefits to illegal immigrants.

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