Jan Brewer defends executive order denying benefits to young undocumented immigrants
Gov. Jan Brewer (R-Ariz.) said Tuesday that her decision to deny benefits to undocumented immigrants was justified, claiming that federal law is at fault in the immigration debate.
“I think everybody in Arizona [and] across the country has compassion for those children that have been brought here illegally by their parents,” Brewer said. “But it is not our responsibility. It is their parents’ responsibility. They need to follow the law.”
Last week, Brewer signed an executive order denying state and local benefits to undocumented immigrants applying under President Obama’s new deferred action program. Brewer’s order also barred immigrants from applying for driver’s licenses and state-issued identification cards.
Brewer’s order, signed on the same day that the federal deferred action program went into effect, was immediately met with massive backlash. DREAM Act supporters organized protests at Brewer’s office, while organizations like the ACLU blasted the governor for “distorting federal law.” However, she was unfazed by the criticism, instead doubling down on her crusade against undocumented immigration.
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