The Obama administration policy protecting young immigrants from deportations has an interesting side effect. Feeling more secure about their likelihood to remain in the U.S and stimulated by a rule that stopped the state from denying them driving, foreigners started to apply for driver’s licenses in Arizona.
Around 20,000 illegal immigrants in the country who will not face deportation could, starting Monday, apply for driver’s licenses in Arizona. The Motor Vehicle Division offices all around Arizona got ready for long queues of young undocumented foreigners wanting to subscribe for a driver’s license. That is because on Thursday, an initial injunction against the policy denying immigrants driving benefits was released. In July, a federal court of appeals decided that the policy, introduced by Gov. Jan Brewer was ‘probably opposed to Constitutional provisions’.
The offices of the Motor Vehicle Division were opened at 8 a.m. on Monday and the institution representatives warned that office managers ought to “expect heavier-than-ordinary client movement in the following weeks”.
The immigrants will only receive their driver’s permit after they have passed the road test and the a written paper. According to statistics, in Arizona, only 50% of all prospective drivers manage to take the written examination and 75% the road test.
Governor Brewer introduced the policy as a reaction to President Barack Obama’s executive activity in 2012 that allowed some young undocumented migrants to remain in the country.
Youthful illegal residents are entitled to legal rights under Obama’s executive action, provided that they arrived in U.S. prior to their sixteenth birthday and were thirty years old or younger by June 15, 2012. Also they need to have a high school diploma or a GED.
Brewer complained about the injunction, contending that states should decide who is qualified for driver’s licenses and not the central government. The Governor is also requesting the U.S. Supreme Court to interfere in this legal matter.
She publicly declared that it is unfathomable that Arizona is compelled to forgo solid state-laws and consent to a defective government court command. The official also emphasized that accepting the illegal immigrants is in itself a disregarding of federal law. She also stated that state autonomy and constitutional rules are at stake as Arizona has the protected right and power to uphold state statute. She vowed to stand by this principle as long as she will hold the office.
After the Obama’s actions in July 2012, last month wider executive actions prevented the deportation of 5 million undocumented foreigners.
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