The Ministry of Foreign Relations (SRE) recognizes the decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco, California, to provisionally suspend an executive order by the State of Arizona prohibiting the issuance of driver’s licenses to beneficiaries of the Deferred Action Program for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

The decision by the Court of Appeals determines that the executive order, issued in August of 2012, constitutes a violation of the principle of equal protection under the law. The decision also confirms that local initiatives of this type are unacceptable given that they attempt to create migratory control mechanisms different from those set forth by the federal government.

By means of this judicial decision, beneficiaries of DACA will be allowed to use their work permits to obtain a driver’s license in Arizona.

Mexico will closely follow the implementation of this decision to ensure that all Mexicans in the U.S., particularly young Mexican nationals protected by DACA in Arizona, have access to the benefits to which they are entitled by law.

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