Jan Brewer's Order to Deny Driver's Licenses for Deferred Action Recipients Earns Her a Lawsuit

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Photo by Matthew Hendley
Alessandra Soler (speaking) along with attorneys and DREAMers.


It may not come as a surprise, but Governor Jan Brewer's order barring participants in the Obama Administration's deferred-action program from getting driver's licenses has earned her a lawsuit from the ACLU and other civil-rights organizations.

See also:
-Jan Brewer to DREAMers: State Laws Bar You from Drivers Licenses
-Jan Brewer's Order Has "Absolutely No Basis Under State or Federal Law," ACLU Says

Arizona ACLU chief Alessandra Soler, along with attorneys from her organization and others, as well as a handful of the DREAMers, were in front of Old Main on Arizona State University's Tempe campus to announce the lawsuit this morning -- a lawsuit Soler told New Times the ACLU was considering in August, shortly after Brewer's announcement.

Brewer's order blocks the immigrants who are granted deferred action from obtaining driver's licenses or any other "taxpayer-funded public benefits."

The lawsuit, filed on behalf of the Arizona Dream Act Coalition, contends that all other immigrants who have previously had an authorized presence in the United States have been able to obtain driver's licenses, but Brewer's order changed that, so the people who are authorized to be in the country under the Obama administration's plan can't get driver's licenses.

"As stated by Defendant Brewer, the Executive Order makes clear that there will be 'no drivers [sic] licenses for illegal people,' and in her opinion, '[t]he Obama amnesty plan doesn't make them [legal] here,'" the lawsuit states. "Defendant Brewer's Executive Order reflects her apparent disagreement with the federal government's decision to allow young immigrants who qualify under the DACA program to remain in the United States."

However, the lawsuit says non-citizens with deferred action have "routinely" been issued driver's licenses, until now. Attorneys involved in this lawsuit say the federal government has been granting deferred action to certain groups of immigrants for decades.

Soler says today that Brewer's order is "completely out of line with the constitutional guarantee not to discriminate."

Although the lawsuit alleges that Brewer's order specifically, and wrongly, targets a certain group of immigrants, Nicholas Espiritu -- a staff attorney for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund -- says if Brewer decided to apply this order to all immigrants with an authorized presence in the country, it would show how "irrational" the order is.

The goal of the lawsuit is to get the executive order thrown in the garbage, and Soler said today that a request for a temporary injunction on the order is in the works.

The entire lawsuit can be found below:

Az Final Complaint 112912


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DNichols
DNichols

What ever happened to the Federal Investigation into Jan Brewer Defrauding Social Security out of $75,000.00 to reward her Knife Point Rapist Son Ron as he served out his sentence?

Rapist Ron Brewer  was incarcerated, did "Honest" (Mommy Dearest) Jan receive the Social Security Checks herself, then cash and spend them?

Did the Fed's really give Jan "Amnesty" from Jail Time, and simply allow her to pay back the Defrauded money?

Why all  the Government secrecy?

Tell us the truth, isn't Social Security Fraud worse than a few students trying to simply get a Temporary Drivers License?

Jan is against all things illegal, except for Herself!

To: Justice in Arizona?

glenn.gimbut
glenn.gimbut

State law is that anyone the Feds have issued permission to be here can get a license. The lawsuit has merit, because.the Feds have given permission. The Gov just doesn't like this group of permissas. So since the statute does not make this differentiation, it is the Gov who is violating her oath of office. Sorry Joe fan, but like your namesake I assume you do not want facts to get in the way of an opinion.

robert_graham
robert_graham

Again let me remind everybody that"Deferred Action Recipients" are still illegal aliens and Arizona law forbids drivers licenses to be given to illegal aliens. What part about that don't you understand? The lawsuit is frivolous and will never stand up in court.

DNichols
DNichols

"America is great because it is good, when it ceases to be good, it ceases to be great."

Alex De Tocqueville a very wise 1840's French Historian.

January 2008 began the E-verify (Attrition) law, the Hitleresque I.C.E. Deportation/Incarceration Programs, as well as the "Foreclosure Crisis", the Great Recession", and our "New Ballooning National Deficit."

To Restore America we must get past this "Anti Immigrant Rant", and treat Human Beings as such.

as Secretary of State Jan Brewer had license plates made that read: "Live the Golden Rule"

What a Hipocrite.

This is our I.C.E.'d Economy.

I.C.E. "put the Car in the Ditch".

Arizona since January 2008 has a Border City (Yuma) with the highest un-employement in the Nation.

daniel.genseric
daniel.genseric

How come MASSIVE non-white immigration and forced assimilation  is for every white country and ONLY white countries?

Got white genocide?

Anti-racist is a code word for anti-white

comrade
comrade

Jan brewsky, the old fart shurf and others probably are working with all this law firms .

Thas why so many lawsuits, the lawfirms gett to represent them and after getting paid

they share the money that the taxpayers where scammed of.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

Brewer and her puppet masters always try to fight cases like this.

But the reality is that since she's been in office, she has lost every one!

Thanks for wasting more money and making AZ look nutty (again) Jan!

comrade
comrade

JAF and his/her family are all illegal immigrants. Not beign able to get legal status is where all jaf

hate comes from or blend in with the whites. That's why he/her hates illegals,  beign one, what a

fucken ignorant deluded POS. You better stay in the old fart's hole.

robert_graham
robert_graham

The caption of this article should read "Jan Brewer's Order to Deny Driver's Licenses for Illegal Aliens Earns Her a Lawsuit".  Never forget that Obama has never promised these people drivers licenses.  In fact, he even said that decision is left up to the individual states, not the federal government. Also never forget that Deferred Action individuals are still illegal aliens and Arizona law has been to always deny drivers licenses to undocumented immigrants. And they have every right to do that. Governor Brewer will fight the suit with a vengeance and the American people will help out just like they did with SB1070.  The lawsuit has no teeth and will be dismissed. It is what's known as a frivolous lawsuit against Arizona and a total waste of taxpayer money.

JoeArpaioFan
JoeArpaioFan

I like dick and I don't care what you think.

bobby5527
bobby5527

when ms. brewer says the law doesn't allow drunk drivers to drive that's not exactly true. she was stopped for dui but cited state immunity. she also chooses which federal laws to follow and disregards those she disagrees with.  she and her cronies have arizona embroiled in lawsuits and do nothing to contribute to arizona's credibility in the nation. go home and leave politics to those who care for the people ms. brewer

chsp943
chsp943

This is the most racist, dumbest governor next to Evan Mecham that has ever entered Arizona politics.

She don't want the people of Arizona to be healthy,Why? Because it would affect the Mexican populace,

or  poor whites and blacks that inhabits this state. She don't ask the people of this state what they want,

no, she take it upon herself to do what she think is best for us, like we are unable to give a voice as to

what is best for us. I never gave her the right to speak for me when it come down to my health care. I

think that she take to much for granted when it come to things that really matter.

Warrior-X
Warrior-X

Looks like sock puppet finger-wagging Brewer is now walking in the Flaccid Failure's shoes----more lawsuits/litigation. Heck, even the Goldwater Institute is possibly considering another legal battle on our Gov. Mrs. Simpleton, for rejecting and tossing out the state run health exchange into the trash bin(where it belongs). I'm pretty sure she'll be an embattled Gov. throughout the duration of her tenure. Because she's simply too stupid to Gov. this PURPLE state.

Bnbk
Bnbk

Can some one let Brain-Fart Bruja know the broom factory called and said her ride is ready,she can pick it up at her convienence.

fraun26111
fraun26111

@joearpaiofan why punish kids for the actions of their parents. I am your your mom and dad may have done stuff before you were born. Would it be fair for you to pay for their actions? You would probably say yes but that really shows how ignorant you are. Most of the Dreamers know only this country from the sound of your post you maybe some white person that is afraid of being the minority for once in your life.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@JoeArpaioFan wrong, if they are refered to as "deferred action recipients" then youve changed their status. that means they have gained permission to one degree or another to be here. 

marcy
marcy

Stop worrying about skin color honey

robert_graham
robert_graham

@comrade Who are you to accuse Brewer of scamming the taxpayers when this frivolous lawsuit brought on by the ACLU that will go no where is what will costs the taxpayers.  I say it will go no where because it will not. I will say it again that in case you and them don't know it, Obama's DREAMER's are still illegal aliens and Arizona law prohibits drivers licenses to be issued to illegal aliens. Obama never promised those people drivers licenses and even said that it is left up to the states to decide.  A drivers license is a privilege not a right and any illegal alien has not earned that privilege. There is no reason why the DREAMERS could not go back to their Home Country and get the necessary Green Card to come back. there is nothing preventing them from doing that. Then they would happily be issued drivers licenses but oh no, they don't want to do it the right way.  You are a moron.

robert_graham
robert_graham

@WhoKnows No, thank you ACLU for wasting taxpayer money on a lawsuit they will surely lose. It will be fought with a vengeance.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@JoeArpaioFan think about this JAF, you are against immigration and want to round them up right? wouldnt having a license be one way of tracking them? wouldnt it make identifying them as illegals easier instead of the having to wait downtown or on the side of the road? wouldnt it make it easier to identify them as illegals as they apply for jobs (it would definitely work better than Everify does, a soc. sec. card isnt a photo ID, so how do you know the soc. number is his and that he isnt an illegal?) 

Warrior-X
Warrior-X

@bobby5527 Yes, its called "selective enforcement". That makes them the biggest hypocrites among us. Their interpretation of the law, is just as egregious as the phrase "State's Rights".

robert_graham
robert_graham

@chsp943 Denying drivers licenses to those people is not about being healthy or not, it's the law. What part about them still being illegal aliens don't you understand? It's the law!  Obama never promised them drivers licenses.

robert_graham
robert_graham

@fraun26111 Me ignorant, hardly. You are the ignorant one.  Those kids could have returned to Mexico or where ever the fuck they are from and get a green card, then come back and ask for a drivers license. But oh no, they think they have the right to circumvent our laws and have everything handed to them on a silver platter for free. Those DREAMERS are still illegal aliens and AZ law prohibits illegal aliens from getting drivers licenses. But if they went away and came back with a green card they could get the license. 

robert_graham
robert_graham

@danzigsdaddy No you are wrong. Obama made it perfectly clear that "Deferred Action" is not a path to citizenship. That means they are still illegal aliens.

callanlhouse
callanlhouse

@JoeArpaioFan You are the moron. Why is someone ignorant enough to name themselves "JoeArpaioFan" even reading PNT? You obviously just want attention, because otherwise you'd be posting your dumbass comments elsewhere... Sheriff Joe is the embodiment of everything that is wrong with this ass-backwards state. Arizona is the shining star of American ignorance, and we have morons like you to thank for that.

comrade
comrade

JAF you are an ignorant. according to history; people from this continent

(European continent) INVADED the American continent, therefore making

you an illegal- of course if you are of European ancestry,which I doubt it-

so why shuold these Dreamers have to apply for something that is

rightfully theirs. It is people like you and that old bag brewsky that should

need to apply for legal status to be in that continent, They are in they native continent, which qualify them to move as they please, not to mention that

Mexico was robed of some of it's land, moron.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

@JoeArpaioFan @WhoKnows Jaffy..  When has Brewer EVER won a lawsuit like this?  Come one, you must have that info at the tip of your fingers!

Simple answer.  She's yet to win one!

robert_graham
robert_graham

@danzigsdaddy @JoeArpaioFan Your theory is all wrong. I am not against LEGAL immigration. I believe that each and every legal immigrants should have the right to a drivers license. Obama's DREAMERS are not legal immigrants though.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@JoeArpaioFan if your license stated you were an illegal, the cop who pulls you over would be done with his job in about 3 minutes instead of having to waste an hour and a half on the side of the road....he could be doing other things and stopping more crimes. if you applied for a job, your license or ID would mark you as an illegal (licenses and ID dont have your soc. number, so the soc. card could be anyones) and you would not get the job. i think the lawsuit will go nowhere, but i think Jan Brewer saying  "NO" to them getting state issued ID is not a well thought out plan. instant identification by the police would achieve the goals you are howling for a much easier and more effective thing, so why are you against it?

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@JoeArpaioFan that isnt your pic, nor is it your name, so have you stolen an identity too? does that make you an illegal?

robert_graham
robert_graham

@Lone_Wolf @bobby5527 Hypocrites? Since when do illegal aliens deserve drivers licenses? They are ILLEGAL ALIENS you fucking moron. What part about that do you not understand?

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967

Are you saying that State Attorney General Tom Horne, being born in CANADA, is an illegal immigrant and therefore is not qualified to hold an AZ DL as well as his powerful political office?

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967

@JoeArpaioFan But the work visa Obama DID promise is still a form of government issued ID and therefore allows the DREAMers to obtain state issued drivers' licenses. 

Warrior-X
Warrior-X

@JoeArpaioFan @Lone_Wolf Seriously? For whom? By whom? Pull your head out of your crappy ass. You are the one who is sucking the FF's sagging balls, pal. In exchange for keeping you here ILLEGALLY in the U.S.(thanks to your former avatar you proudly displayed). Then there's your username all bright and shiny, which explains it all. That makes you the sock puppet. 

Nice try, vermin.

bobby5527
bobby5527

@JoeArpaioFan check your facts. some illegals are treated differently and some (Cubans maybe) get silver platter treatment when it comes to citizenship. and let's not forget those dastardly canadians  entering washington and having anchor babies. oh no, canadians don't count because they look and talk like us, eh? and don't be so angry all the time, it really is bad for your heart.

AllanC
AllanC

@JoeArpaioFan  If they have been in the U.S. without authorization for a year or more (and they have)  DREAMers who present them selves at a U.S. consulate receive a 10 year penalty before any conideration would be entertained.  Thus there is no practical route for a DREAMer.

marcy
marcy

danzig is correct and you are wrong, you don't have to be on a a "path to citizenship" to be in this country legally.

marcy
marcy

You seem oblivious to the many people who have entered this country illegal but were able to obtain legal status.  You confuse the process of immigrating (which 3yr olds don't have a lot of say in) with legal status.  They are two different things.

Driver's licenses are not limited to "legal immigrants", they are available to anyone who is lawfully allowed to reside in this country and that includes people who were granted work permits while contested deportation.  Many of the "illegals" Joe arrested during workplace busts have contested the charges and have been granted work permits while the charges are pending.  Joe has turned "illegals" into "legals" and those folks are receiving driver's licenses from the State of Arizona because they now have legal status for the time being.

The Dreamers who have received work permits now have legal status in this country, they cannot be deported, they cannot be arrested for being in the country illegally and they will win yet another legal battle with Jan Brewer.

Jan Brewer is catering to the idiots of Arizona, ie people like you

robert_graham
robert_graham

@danzigsdaddy Ha ha very funny. If you go to a bar to pick up a woman or a guy and he or she asks you your name, are you going to tell the person your real name? Of course not so I guess that means you are uttering a stolen identity too right?

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

 @bobby5527 @JoeArpaioFan i dont know about the canadians, but i do know some Cuban's, and theirs is considered "political asylum". i'm not trying to rationalize it, i'm just stating how the Cuban's have easier access and citizenship

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