Arizona

Jan 22, 2013 5:06 PM

Migrant backers push Brewer to allow licenses

PHOENIX - Supporters of young illegal immigrants granted the right to stay in the country by President Barack Obama are urging Gov. Jan Brewer to change her mind and let them get driver's licenses.

Democratic lawmakers were joined by several young immigrants at the state Capitol Tuesday to try to persuade the Republican governor to revoke her order blocking licenses for those granted so-called "deferred action." They argued new guidelines issued by the Department of Homeland Security shows those granted work permits are legally in the country.

Sen. Steve Gallardo says the new guidelines clear up any confusion about the status of about 14,000 young immigrants and Brewer should use the opening to change her position.

Brewer spokesman Matthew Benson says the governor and her legal team are reviewing the new guidance.

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