Quezada encouraging dreamers to apply for driver’s licenses 'as soon as it is possible'
STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Rep. Martín Quezada, D-Phoenix (District 29), is encouraging “dreamers” to apply for driver’s licenses after the U.S. Supreme Court denied Gov. Jan Brewer’s request for a stay of a ruling from an appeals court earlier this year.
“The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for good public policy today. Earlier this year, I applauded the appeals court decision to stop an executive order prohibiting 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.
“The executive order was just political grandstanding. In 2013, I offered a floor amendment to a bill being debated in the Arizona House of Representatives that would have reversed the governor’s policy and would have granted deferred action for childhood arrival recipients the ability to get driver’s licenses. When the House voted on my amendment, it failed along party lines. The debate over driver’s licenses for dreamers had become a partisan rallying point.
“But that story changes today. Arizona is ready to move beyond the divisive immigration policies of the past. I am encouraging all eligible dreamers to apply for driver’s licenses as soon as it is possible. There are some formalities that still must be handled, but we already know the end result. Dreamers will be able to get their driver’s licenses, and this will help make our roads safer, while strengthening our economy and communities.”