Pamela Powers Hannley, a progressive voice for Arizona
The ACLU is claiming that, according to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), young people eligible for deferred deportation are “authorized to stay and lawfully present in the country” — not “illegal people.”
Within the last year, Governor Jan Brewer had issued an executive order stating that Dreamers were not eligible to apply for Arizona drivers licenses or any state benefits because they are here “ilegally”.
According to the New Times, the DHS says:
“An individual who has received deferred action is authorized by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to be present in the United States, and is therefore considered by DHS to be lawfully present during the period deferred action is in effect,” the website says. “However, deferred action does not confer lawful status upon an individual, nor does it excuse any previous or subsequent periods of unlawful presence.”
Tough luck, Jan, the Feds say Dreamers can drive… even in Arizona.
For the whole story check out this article in the New Times.