Governor Jan Brewer's Executive Order Met with Backlash
08/17/2012 - 09:59 ||
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer issued an executive order this week which denies benefits to young undocumented immigrants, including ID cards. This order, which goes against President Obama's deferred action program, has sparked outrage and even protests, reports the Huffington Post.
Dozens of young protestors packed the Governor's Phoenix, Arizona office while others gathered outside the state building, holding signs with slogans such as "Protect the Dream."
"We're not going to let Governor Brewer try to crush our dreams of working for this country, of being contributing members to this society," one protestor told KTAR.
A grassroots community group, Puente, issued a statement accusing the governor of putting "Arizona's name on the map as the epicenter of anti-immigrant racism and hate."
The American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona added to that sentiment, suggesting that Brewer is defying both state and federal law with her latest order.
"Brewer is distorting federal law and inaccurately interpreting state law," Allesandra Soler, the director of Arizona's ACLU said in a statement. "This order conflicts with state and federal law because people who are granted deferred action will, in fact, have authorized presence in the United States and under Arizona law people who have authorized presence are eligible to apply for Arizona state identification."
Brewer has yet to release a statement, but her order still stands.
What do you think of Brewer's actions?