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Arizona’s DACA Driver’s License Denials Costs State $2M

Dec. 11, 2018, 6:32 PM

Arizona must pay nearly $2 million in attorneys’ fees and expenses after losing a lawsuit over its refusal to provide driver’s licenses to young, undocumented immigrants.

The Arizona lawsuit was centered on the premise that DACA recipients need driver’s licenses to be able to get to work. Federal district and appeals courts both held the Arizona policy unconstitutional.

The yearslong lawsuit stemmed from a policy issued by then-Gov. Jan Brewer (R) banning immigrants in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program from obtaining the licenses. The policy, grounded in the belief that the Obama administration program was illegal, was issued...

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