Arizona loses court bid to deny driver's licenses to immigrants

Reuters News
Posted: Dec 17, 2014 12:40 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday blocked the state of Arizona from enforcing a policy that denies driver's licenses to young immigrants granted legal status by President Barack Obama in 2012.

The court denied the state’s request to place a hold on a ruling issued by the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which said there was no legal basis for the policy. The state will now have to let roughly 20,000 eligible immigrants apply for driver's licenses.

(Reporting by Lawrence Hurley; Editing by Kevin Drawbaugh and Jeffrey Benkoe)