Supreme Court Seeks Trump Views on Immigrant Driver’s LicensesBy
The U.S. Supreme Court asked the Trump administration for its views on a ruling that forces Arizona to give driver’s licenses to some people in the country illegally.
The case stems from President Barack Obama’s 2012 deferred-deportation program for people who entered the country as children. A U.S. appeals court said federal law required Arizona to offer licenses to people shielded under the program.
The appeal by former Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, a Republican, says the lower court ruling gives the president too much power to displace state law.
Arizona is the last state fighting for the right to refuse licenses to the "Dreamers," as the people who qualify under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program are known. Nebraska held out until changing its laws in 2015.
The Trump administration said this month that it would keep the Dreamer program while ending another Obama initiative designed to protect the parents of American children.
The justices directed their request to Jeffrey Wall, the acting U.S. solicitor general.
Arizona has been the focal point for some of the biggest legal clashes over immigration. In 2012, the Supreme Court struck down parts of a state law that gave Arizona police more power to crack down on immigration violations.
The case is Brewer v. Arizona Dream Act Coalition, 16-1180.