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.