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Huge Victory: SCOTUS Denies Arizona a Hearing on Driver’s License Case

let dreamers drive!
Carmen Cornejo
Written by Carmen Cornejo

The fight for justice is sometimes long, but when it comes, it is worth celebrating with the community.

Today, March 19, 2018, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) denied Arizona’s request for a hearing in the case The Arizona DREAM Act Coalition v. Jan Brewer (former Arizona governor), an ongoing litigation that challenged DACA-DREAMers’ access to driver’s licenses.

SCOTUS’s decision not to hear an appeal in this case lets the lower court ruling stand. Earlier, a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision blocked the state from denying driver’s licenses to DACA recipients.

Lawyers from The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), The American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona (ACLU AZ), The National Immigration Law Center (NILC) and The Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) sued Arizona on behalf of the Arizona Dream Act Coalition (ADAC).

Karina Ruiz, executive director of The ADAC, said: “Today DACA recipients in Arizona can declare victory in our fight to end the state’s malicious attack that spans six years and two governors and was aimed at stripping us of basic civil rights.”

There are no more courts that Arizona can ask to overturn this victory, ensuring that DACA recipients can get driver’s licenses in Arizona.

“Court after court has found that Arizona’s discriminatory attempt to prevent DACA recipients to obtain driver’s licenses was unlawful,” Ruiz said. “Though the Trump administration’s actions have made the fate of DACA unclear, in the midst of the uncertainty facing immigrant youth, this victory serves as a reminder that our communities will not stand down when we are under attack. And when we fight, we win.”

Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund supports The ADAC.