High court refused to hear appeal to 9th Circuit Court ruling
MARCH 19, 2018
The state of Arizona must allow illegal immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses, the Supreme Court indicated Monday.
The high court refused to take up an appeal of a 9th Circuit Court ruling, allowing the lower court’s decision to stand.
The ACLU launched a lawsuit after Arizona stopped issuing licenses to DACA recipients following President Obama’s mandate protecting so-called Dreamers from deportation.
Former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer had argued the ban on illegals obtaining licenses helped prevent social services fraud.
San Francisco’s 9th Circuit Court of Appeals interpreted Arizona’s decision as an attempt to supersede federal immigration law, claiming the state was developing its own definition of legal immigrants, Reuters reports.
Arizona appealed the case to the Supreme Court, claiming the 9th Circuit ruling violated 10th Amendment state’s rights protections.
State attorneys argued the DACA program could not override Arizona laws due to it only being enacted through a DHS memo, instead of through the usual legislative framework.
Despite calls by the Trump administration to rule the Obama-era program unconstitutional, the Supreme Court has refused to weigh in on the 9th Circuit’s previous rulings, thus keeping the program in place.