Arizona Dream Act Coalition, et al. v. Brewer, et al.
On Nov. 29, 2012, a coalition of civil rights organizations filed a class-action lawsuit challenging Arizona’s unconstitutional policy denying driver’s licenses to a specific class of immigrant youth even though they have grown up in the United States and are authorized to live and work in the U.S.
In the United States Supreme Court
In the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
- Opinion and order reversing the district court's decision and remanding the case (7/7/14, PDF). FROM THE OPINION'S CONCLUSION: "Plaintiffs have shown that they are likely to succeed on the merits of their equal protection claim, that they are likely to suffer irreparable harm unless Defendants’ policy is enjoined, and that both the balance of the equities and the public interest favor an injunction. Thus, we REVERSE the district court’s denial of a preliminary injunction. We REMAND with instructions to enter a preliminary injunction prohibiting Defendants from enforcing any policy by which the Arizona Department of Transportation refuses to accept Plaintiffs’ Employment Authorization Documents, issued to Plaintiffs under DACA, as proof that Plaintiffs are authorized under federal law to be present in the United States."
- Appellants’ Reply Brief (8/26/13, PDF)
- Answering Brief of Appellees Gov. Janice K. Brewer, John S. Halikowski, and Stacey K. Stanton (8/12/13, PDF)
- Appellants’ Opening Brief (7/15/13, PDF)
In the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona
- Order and Permanent Injunction (1/23/15, PDF).
"Defendants and their officials, agents, and employees, and all persons acting in concert or participating with them, are permanently enjoined from enforcing any policy or practice by which the Arizona Department of Transportation refuses to accept Employment Authorization Documents, issued under DACA, as proof that the document holders are authorized under federal law to be present in the United States for purposes of obtaining a driver’s license or state identification card."
- Order denying plaintiffs' motion for preliminary injunction, and granting in part and denying in part defendants' motion to dismiss (5/16/13, PDF).
- Complaint for Declarative and Injunctive Relief (filed 11/29/12, PDF).
- NEWS RELEASE: Civil Rights Coalition Challenges Arizona Policy Denying Driver’s Licenses to Immigrant Youth
One Michigan, et al. v. Johnson
On Dec. 19, 2012, three young immigrants and One Michigan, a youth-led organization that advocates on behalf of immigrants, filed a lawsuit challenging Michigan’s policy of denying driver’s licenses to immigrant youth whom the federal government has allowed to stay and work in the United States.