Miranda statement on appeals court ruling to allow deferred action recipients to get driver’s licenses
STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Today Rep. Catherine Miranda, D-Phoenix (District 27), released this statement regarding an appeals court decision to block an executive order from Gov. Jan Brewer that prevented state agencies from issuing driver’s licenses to young immigrants who have received work permits and are avoiding deportation under the Obama administration’s deferred action policy.
“The decision by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is an important step forward for our state. This executive order not only hurt the young people who were granted deferred action and allowed to work, but it also hurt our economy.
“Recently, our Legislature has focused on attracting new businesses to Arizona from all over the world. For these efforts to be successful, we need to move beyond the kind of immigration policies that create a negative image for our state. This is an issue I’ve been outspoken about. In 2013, I introduced HB 2032, a bill intended to clarify that deferred action recipients are able to use federally issued work permits to show that their presence is authorized when applying for driver’s licenses. I believed we needed this legislation because the executive order preventing deferred action recipients from receiving driver’s licenses was inappropriate. It affected our economy and promoted politics over people. Although this bill was heard in the House Transportation Committee, it did not pass, and the issue remained unresolved, until today.
“I believe that this ruling will offer an immediate economic benefit to our state. It will support jobs and move Arizona toward more common-sense immigration policies.”