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Arizona driver's license battle heads to court

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A federal judge plans to rule in a few weeks in Arizona's challenge of President Barack Obama's policy allowing young illegal immigrants to stay in the United States.

The lawsuit heard Friday is seeking to block Gov. Jan Brewer's order denying driver's licenses for young immigrants who are protected from deportation and have received work permits under the new policy.

Immigrant groups argue that Arizona's interpretation of the policy is unconstitutional because the state allows some immigrants with work permits to get driver's licenses, but it won't let immigrants protected by Obama's policy pursue any benefits because the state doesn't consider them legal residents.

An American Civil Liberties Union said Friday that Arizona is creating its own immigration policy.

Brewer's lawyers claim Obama's policy isn't federal law.

Brewer's office sent a statement on Friday afternoon that read in part, "

We were pleased with the course of questioning today, and remain confident the position taken by the State of Arizona will ultimately be upheld."

Copyright 2013 Associated Press. All rights reserved.  CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation) contributed to this report.

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