Arizona

Jul 18, 2014 8:19 PM by Associated Press

Brewer asks court to reconsider license decision

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer asked an appeals court Friday to reconsider its earlier ruling that blocked her policy that denies driver's licenses to young immigrants who have avoided deportation under an Obama administration policy.

Earlier this month, a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals concluded there was no legitimate state interest in treating young immigrants who were granted deferred action on deportation differently from other noncitizens who could apply for driver's licenses.

Brewer is now asking for a 15-judge panel of the court to reconsider the ruling.

The Obama administration took steps in 2012 to shield thousands of young immigrants from deportation.

Brewer argues her policy grew out of liability concerns and the desire to reduce the risk of the licenses being used to improperly access benefits.

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