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Arizona DACA Recipients Claim Victory On Driver's Licenses

The U.S. Supreme Court decided on Monday to not hear Arizona’s appeal in a long-running effort to keep undocumented immigrants in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program from having driver’s licenses.

DACA recipients and their supporters claimed victory, noting that the state has now exhausted efforts to block them from having driver’s licenses.

The Supreme Court did not say why it declined to hear the state’s appeal.

Former Gov. Jan Brewer started the fight, but current Gov. Doug Ducey and Attorney General Mark Brnovich chose to keep it going, said Karina Ruiz, a DACA recipient and executive director of the Arizona Dream Act Coalition.

“They decided to attack immigrant youth,” she said. “They decided to attack people like myself. So that we wouldn’t have the ability to go and drive to school, to work [and] to the hospital.”

Matthew Casey has won Edward R. Murrow awards for hard news and sports reporting since he joined KJZZ as a senior field correspondent in 2015.