Vile Jan Brewer Denies DREAMers IDs and Benefits in AZ, Residents Protest

Just when you think Arizona State Governor Jan Brewer can't get any worse, she devises her personal "screw you" to Obama's important ruling that DREAMers—undocumented immigrants under 30 who arrived in the US before the age of 16—will receive deferred deportation and can apply for work permits. 

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer on Wednesday ordered state agencies to deny driver's licenses and other public benefits to young [undocumented] immigrants who obtain work authorizations under a new Obama administration policy.

After the order was issued, supporters of the program and the DREAM Act took to the streets of Phoenix in protest. Video from Air15 showed the protesters carrying signs and walking down Central Avenue toward the State Capitol.

In an executive order, Brewer said she was reaffirming the intent of current Arizona law denying taxpayer-funded public benefits and state identification to [undocumented] immigrants.


Brewer is essentially establishing further road blocks for DREAMers, who must provide a dossier's worth of paperwork to become eligible for the work permit, identification included. Further, it will prevent those DREAMers from holding jobs that require driving. And it's not like it's easy to apply in the first place—in addition to proving immigration dates and proof of residence, along with other paperwork, those applying must pay a $465 fee—an absurd amount to have to pay to work. (Go here for information on applying.) But of course, empathy is not Brewer's strong point, especially when it comes to people from Mexico. Said Dulce Matuz, chair for the Arizona Dream Act Coalition,  "We are saddened that Gov. Brewer is siding with the past, against progress, against young people and the general support the Dream Act has in the general population." Protestors took to the State Capital yesterday, while Luis Heredia, executive director of the Arizona Democratic Party, called Brewer's order "a gubernatorial temper tantrum."

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AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at August 16, 2012, 6:23am