Miranda: Driver’s licenses for dreamers improve state’s image, economy
STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Rep. Catherine Miranda, D-Phoenix (District 27), released this statement after the U.S. Supreme Court denied a request to stay 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 executive order that prevented dreamers from getting driver’s licenses hurt our state’s reputation and our economy. The U.S. Supreme Court decision will help Arizona put the policies that have created a negative image for our state behind us. The executive order put partisan politics ahead of people, and that wasn’t right.
“I introduced HB 2032 in 2013. I intended this bill 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. Although this was the only immigration bill to be heard in a committee that year, it did not pass, and the issue persisted.
“Now, we have received a decision from the highest court in the land, and it is only a matter of time before dreamers can apply for driver’s licenses. This will provide an immediate benefit to our state’s image and economy.”