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July 8, 2014 - 7:03 am

I’m old enough to remember when granting driver’s licenses to illegal aliens was a controversial issue.

In 2003, California Gov. Gray Davis signed a bill that did that, and he got recalled from office.

In 2007, Hillary Clinton floundered around on the subject when then NY Gov. Eliot Spitzer said that he would grant driver’s licenses to illegal aliens.

We’re not talking about red states here. That’s California and New York.

Now, a federal court is forcing Arizona to give driver’s licenses to some illegal aliens.

A federal appeals court ruled Monday that young adult illegal immigrants whom President Obama has given tentative permission to be in the country — so-called “dreamers” — are also entitled to driver’s licenses and ordered Arizona to issue them.

The ruling comes while the government is debating policy about a new wave of illegal immigrant children who are surging across the border in Texas, overwhelming federal authorities’ ability to handle them.

A three-judge panel on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Dreamers — so-named because of pending federal legislation known as the Dream Act — are in the same situation as other illegal immigrants who have applied for legal status and to whom Arizona law grants driver’s licenses while they await a final ruling in their cases.

The judges said to treat the Dreamers differently violates the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution.

They’re not U.S. citizens so the Equal Protection clause really doesn’t apply, but whatever. The Dream Act may never pass thanks to Obama’s lawless behavior, but whatever. Our courts have become legislatures, our president writes laws, and the states have their powers chipped away by the day.

Not for the first time over the past few years, the federal government is acting like a hostile occupying power.

Obama’s lawless Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals is behind all this. That’s the same policy that is behind attracting the massive surge of illegal aliens who are flooding across the border.

Gov. Brewer says she will fight the 9th Circuit’s decision.

 

 

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.
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I don't see why Arizona should obey any federal court. It's not like there's any rule of law going on lately.
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the time has come when the states must tell the feds to eff off
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Brewer should fight this. It is not an issue for federal courts. This is a state's rights issue. Fight the decision, defy the court order. Someone has to stand up to the naked federal power grab in all areas of our lives.
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As President Andrew Jackson reportedly said in response to Marbury v Madison: "John Marshall has made his decision; now let him enforce it; to this I say...Let the 9th (Circus) err Circuit Court of Appeals enforce their decision.
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DACA = direct action for Central Americans
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Unfortunately, Gov. Brewer term-limits out in November.
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There should never be a "count of terms" term limit. Instead, we should prohibit incumbency, forbid consecutive terms.
5 weeks ago
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Arizona is under no obligations to cede their Tenth Amd. powers. I presume that, like most states, reading and comprehending Eng
ish is a driver's license requirement. This might screen most applicants. Then there is the test. Most states require the applicant to supply their own vehicle.; another obstacle.
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If the fed is in charge of drivers licenses, let them furnish them, but I think it is up to EACH STATE to decide who is eligible, and who to issue to. Fight on governor, I think the 9th circuit is going to get overturned....again...
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"Not for the first time over the past few years, the federal government is acting like a hostile occupying power."

Unfortunately, this is true.
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I wonder if the Obama administration really wanted this ruling right now…it sort of reinforces the complete lawlessness on the boarder meme.
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Arizona can obey the Federal court and issue drivers licenses to illegals, but these licenses can have an "IA" on it to indicate the holder is an Illegal alien. This satisfies the courts and lets "law enforcement" know their status.
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I think this is a case where the courts have no standing, and their opinion should be considered just advisory at best.

OTOH I have no problem with states issuing "guest" licenses to anyone who presents themselves at the DMV, be they illegal immigrants or tourists, just so the licenses are distinct. If and when we finally get the "immigration reforms" that both parties could agree on, and have agreed on for probably fifty years but just have never gotten passed, we will certainly issue "guest" paperwork.

After all, anyone can buy a good fake one for a few hundred bucks, why not let the state collect the revenue? Does the 9th circus have any opinion on whether the licenses can say "guest" on them?
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Need to find where the judge lives, condemn the houses of both his neighbors through eminent domain and put up housing for undocumented aliens there. Free.

And -- by the way -- let the residents of those houses know that "prosecutoral discretion" will be shown from any changes resulting from crimes committed at the judge's residence.

If the judge moves, move the undocumented alien residences to his new location.
6 weeks ago
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It's not "a" judge. Judges. Plural. Three...


Never mind...
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Just need to put up a processing station on his street.
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In fact, use Kelo and condemn their homes, and put the processing center where their homes used to be.
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