STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Rep. Martín Quezada, D-Phoenix (District 29), today applauded an appeals court decision to stop an executive order that prohibits state agencies from issuing driver’s licenses to young immigrants who have been granted permission to work in the United States and are qualified for delayed deportation proceedings under President Obama’s deferred action policy.
“I am pleased that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit reinstated the injunction against this extremist executive order. The governor’s effort to deny driver’s licenses to deferred action recipients was simply political grandstanding.
“Deferred action recipients who received work permits are authorized to be in this country. There is no legitimate reason to treat them differently. The appeals court decision today reinforces that fact and is good news for supporters of sensible immigration policies.
“In 2013, I made the same point when I offered a floor amendment to a bill being debated in the Arizona House of Representatives. My amendment would have reversed the governor’s policy and would have granted DACA recipients the ability to get driver’s licenses. When the House voted on my amendment, it failed along party lines. Unfortunately, this issue has become a partisan rallying point rather than a debate over what is good public policy.
“As such, it is unlikely that this will be the final word on the topic. I am sure that there will be additional court proceedings. I am equally sure that the ‘dreamers’ will prevail. Arizona is ready to put corrosive immigration policies in the past.”