Readers Choice: Governer Brewer Denies “Deffered Action” Recipients Drivers Licenses

Posted on August 17, 2012


Arizona (Liz Goodwin-Yahoo! News) Credit to Gaslamp Post reader Jeannine for this story – A group of young illegal immigrants in Phoenix was preparing for a rally on Wednesday evening to celebrate the first day they were allowed to apply for relief from deportation and a two-year work permit under President Barack Obama’s deferred action plan. But a half-hour before the 5 p.m. rally was to begin, a young member of the Arizona Dream Act Coalition started crying. “Guys, we have really bad news,” she said, according to another activist, Erika Andiola, who was there.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer had released a strongly worded executive order preventing deferred action recipients from obtaining driver’s licenses or any other unspecified “public benefits” in her state, renewing her public spat with the White House over illegal immigration.

The celebration stopped. Instead, Andiola and 100 other people turned their rally into a march to the Capitol to protest the move, and about 30 people stayed overnight.

Brewer writes in the order that as many as 80,000 young people in Arizona could benefit from the new status, which gives young illegal immigrants under age 31 who came to the country as children relief from deportation and a two-year work permit. Brewer notes that the deferred action status does not make its recipients legal immigrants per se; it’s more a limbo state where the immigrants are now not deportable and legally able to work but are not progressing toward a green card or other permanent legal status.

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