Arizona governor Jan Brewer blocks welfare payments for illegal immigrants

From The Blaze.


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

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

Young illegal immigrants around the nation on Wednesday began the process of applying for federal work permits under the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

The federal policy defers deportations for that group if they meet certain criteria, including arrival in the United States before they turned 16 and no convictions for certain crimes.

After President Barack Obama announced the policy change in June, Brewer labeled it “backdoor amnesty” and political pandering by the Democratic president.

The governor’s action is a response to the Obama administration declaration of amnesty for 1.8 million illegal immigrants under the so called “DREAM Act”. The declaration of amnesty is a transparent attempt to buy votes from Hispanic voters while passing the costs on to the law-abiding taxpayers.

I favor more green cards for skilled legal immigrants with marketable skills who are able to avoid crime for a period of a few years.

5 thoughts on “Arizona governor Jan Brewer blocks welfare payments for illegal immigrants”

  1. Being an Arizonan, I saw in the news last night a group of protesting illegal immigrants at the state capitol trying to change Brewer’s mind. I couldn’t fathom the words that came out of their mouths. “We will not be treated like second-class citizens!” Do they not hear what they say? They aren’t citizens, so they can’t be treated like first-class citizens, can they?


    1. The federal government (actually, an Executive Order from the president) ruling is the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Act. It simply defers deportation of illegal immigrants who arrived in this country before the age of 16 and are not over the age of 30. It gives a temporary visa and makes them eligible for (doesn’t demand) work permits and college tuition. The governor of Arizona has not decided to go ahead and deport these folks (a violation of federal law), but has also decided not to offer help. Federal law doesn’t require the states to give it. It’s not a violation of federal law.

      Since the Constitution was written specifically to limit federal authority in favor of State authority, the idea that the federal government has so much authority over the States already is troubling to me.


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