Arizona is a state that has been fighting against President Obama’s immigration reform policies for quite some time now. Things have just been taken further by expanding a ban against giving driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants to now include even those who have been exempted from deportation.
Immigration reform advocates criticize the move as vindictive.
A year ago, Jan Brewer, the governor of Arizona, announced the change. She argued that just because they weren’t deported didn’t make them U.S. citizens and thus they were not eligible to receive public benefits, like driver’s licenses.
The ban would not grant licenses to even the immigrants who have been allowed to stay in the U.S. for humanitarian reasons (such as surviving domestic assault or human trafficking).
Said Alessandra Soler, an executive director of the ACLU: “This is a vindictive policy change that is motivated by politics, and Brewer’s desire to get out from under a lawsuit. It reflects … her irrational desire to punish even more lawfully present immigrants by denying them the licenses they need to get to work and school, including abused women and their children.”