Jan Brewer rebuffs deferred action immigrants
The Kansas City Star
Lest anyone may have forgotten, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer wants us to know that illegal immigrants have no rights in her state. And that includes the many young people who now are eligible to apply for work permits and a reprieve from the threat of deportation.
Brewer has signed an executive order declaring that just because people might get work permits from the federal government, that doesn’t mean they have any “lawful or authorized status” or access to “any additional public benefit” in Arizona.
Brewer also directed state agencies to “make any changes necessary” within the parameters of state and federal law to make sure the deferred action recipients receive no taxpayer-funded benefits or state identification, including a drivers’ license.
Undocumented immigrants already are barred from obtaining drivers’ licenses in Arizona. So on its face, Brewer’s order doesn’t really do anything new, as this post from TPM explains. But it raises the question of whether a state can legally deny an official ID to a person with authorized status in the United States.
It sounds like more legal action may be headed to Arizona. But meanwhile, you have a governor giving her best cold shoulder to thousands of people who are willing and able to better themselves and the state.