No surprise this came from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
PHOENIX — Calling the state policy motivated by animosity, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals this morning ordered that “dreamers” be allowed to get Arizona driver’s licenses, at least for the time being.
In a unanimous decision, the court rejected arguments by Gov. Jan Brewer that she was entitled to issue an executive order two years ago denying licenses to those in the federal government’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The court ordered U.S. District Court Judge David Campbell, who had initially denied an injunction on behalf of the dreamers, to direct the state Department of Transportation to provide licenses to those who are in that program.
Today’s ruling does not mean the dreamers will get to keep their licenses. That still needs to be determined after a full-blown trial.
But Judge Harry Pregerson, writing for the three-judge panel, said the evidence presented shows they are likely to ultimately succeed.
There was no immediate response from the governor.