Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has clashed with the Obama administration before over immigration, and today the governor has signed an executive order in direct opposition to the administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
Governor Brewer has just issued an Executive Order denying public benefits and state IDs to individuals granted Deferred Action by feds.
— Jeremy Browning (@JeremyBrowning) August 15, 2012
House Democrats and others praised the Deferred Action program, which went into effect today following the president’s signing of his own executive order in July. The program allows young illegal immigrants to apply for temporary work permits and safety from the threat of deportation for a two-year period.
— House Democrats (@HouseDemocrats) August 15, 2012
President Obama took a great first step, but we need Republicans to join us to pass comprehensive immigration reform. #DREAMers
— Sen. Barbara Boxer (@SenatorBoxer) August 15, 2012
This is a responsible, compassionate action, and it’s time Congress addresses comprehensive immigration reform. #Dreamers
— Sen Dianne Feinstein (@SenFeinstein) August 15, 2012
Arizona Public Media has posted a copy of Brewer’s executive order, which says that “allowing more than an estimated 80,000 Deferred Action recipients improper access to state or local public benefits … will have significant and lasting impacts on the Arizona budget, its health care system and additional public benefits that Arizona taxpayers fund.”
“Dreamers” (so named after the DREAM Act, which in several forms has failed to pass Congress) and their supporters are not happy with Brewer’s assertion of states’ rights. Cries of racism in 3, 2, 1…
Gov. Jan Brewer attacks Arizona's children again by signing an executive order denying driver's license to DREAMers. #ProtectAZDREAMers
— ADAC (@TheADAC) August 15, 2012
Would someone go stick their finger in Jan Brewer's eye? Please?
— Doug Osborne (@seriousfun8309) August 15, 2012
Wow jan brewer stop crushing dreams! What a lame way to end dreamers wonderful day of happiness!
— Becca (@Beccanators) August 15, 2012
Jan Brewer: thanks for reminding me why I hate Arizona. Complete intolerance.
— Steffi (@Steffi5461) August 15, 2012
Jan Brewer is just being an excellent TeaPartyChristian. She must be doing HER God's will who is filled with apathy, hate & white supremacy
— TeaPartyIsTheKKK (@SaberGato) August 15, 2012
Living in Arizona Doesn't get more embarrassing than this. Jan Brewer, representing the KKK and GOP (same thing right?) http://t.co/zISoLQ3g
— Nina Potts (@honestlynina) August 15, 2012
The face of ugliness and hate. Today Arizona governor Jan Brewer issues an executive order denying young… http://t.co/UrtT6KQ6
— PragProgPage (@PragProgForum) August 15, 2012
Supporters are having their say as well.
I applaud Gov. Jan Brewer. Right back @ U Pres. Obama, King of Executive Orders.
— RedFury (@BuileDeargTGN) August 16, 2012
@AZPMnews God Bless Jan Brewer I am continually amazed at the strength of this amazing lady Spread the word
— KGarrison (@kgarrison) August 16, 2012
Jan Brewer has cojones. McCain should take notice!! #tcot
— randy is fed up (@pgkstj) August 16, 2012
Jan Brewer Gov of Arizona, is the most courageous leader in the country. She understands the 10th amendment. Fight Like a Girl.
— Samuel Adams (@jgrissom63) August 16, 2012