Arizona DOT begins issuing driver’s licenses to DACA recipients, immigrants under ‘deferred action’

On Wednesday, the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) announced the settlement of a lawsuit over the issue Wednesday that spanned years. The change was effective in late December. The legal battle began in 2012, when the Obama administration created the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which gave some legal status to children who illegally entered the U.S. with parents when they were young. Then-Arizona Governor Jan Brewer took exception to the program and issued an executive order in response that denied any DACA recipients legal status in the state, including the right to a state-issued driver’s license or identification card…