Brewer's Staff Ordered To Turn Over Some Documents

January 16, 2014

PHOENIX (AP) — A federal judge has ordered Gov. Jan Brewer's office must turn over some internal documents about its policy of denying drivers' licenses to so-called "Dreamers."

Those are people who were brought into the country illegally as children but allowed to stay under a new federal program.

Immigrant rights activists have sued Arizona over the policy originally adopted in 2012. They asked U.S. District Judge David Campbell to order Brewer's staff and the Arizona Department of Transportation to produce documents leading up to the policy.

Brewer's lawyers said the internal memos and emails between ADOT and the governor's staff members are protected by attorney-client privilege. In an 11-page ruling Wednesday, Campbell ruled Brewer's office must give some of the documents "withheld in their privilege log" to the plaintiffs within 14 days.