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AZ and 25 Other States Challenge Obama's Immigration Programs

PHOTO: The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals is expected to hear arguments tomorrow in a challenge to President Obama's executive actions that can help some undocumented immigrants in Arizona and elsewhere remain in the U.S. temporarily. Photo courtesy of whitehouse.gov
PHOTO: The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals is expected to hear arguments tomorrow in a challenge to President Obama's executive actions that can help some undocumented immigrants in Arizona and elsewhere remain in the U.S. temporarily. Photo courtesy of whitehouse.gov
April 16, 2015

PHOENIX - The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals is expected to hear arguments tomorrow in the multistate legal challenge, which includes Arizona, over President Obama's programs that could allow several million undocumented immigrants to remain in the U.S. temporarily.

Tony Navarette, organizer with Promise Arizona, an immigrants rights organization, says the state's support of the lawsuit shows a lack of interest in pursuing meaningful immigration reform.

"They are not looking for solutions," says Navarette. "They are looking to make life much more difficult, they're looking to not keep families together."

Arizona is among more than two dozen states suing to stop the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or "DACA" program, and a counterpart program for adults. DACA allows some undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children to get a driver's license and become eligible for employment if they meet certain requirements.

Texas, the lead state in the challenge, claims it would suffer financially because it would have to issue driver's licenses to people who qualify for the immigration programs. Navarette says the programs would help law-abiding immigrants to stop living and working in the shadows.

"Yes it provides them with an opportunity and authorization to work in this country, which allows them to then purchase goods and services that will make this economy better," he says.

Nevada and Utah also are among the 26 states involved in the legal challenge.

Troy Wilde, Public News Service - AZ