Jan Brewer on Blast by DREAMers and CBA in Protest: 3 Arrested

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A banner drop from a second floor balcony, overlooking the Arizona House lobby

As Governor Jan Brewer addressed the Arizona Legislature in her state of the state speech Monday, protesters took over the state House lobby, demanding that Brewer rescind an executive order denying driver's licenses to Arizona DREAMers who qualify for President Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Led by Citizens for a Better Arizona's President Randy Parraz and DREAM Activist Erika Andiola, whose mother narrowly avoided deportation last week, a group of about 100 demonstrators crowded the narrow lobby of the Arizona House. They prayed, chanted, and sang until ordered out by Arizona Department of Public Safety officers.

Three protesters were arrested as several DPS officers in their Smokey-the-Bear hats moved the crowd toward the door. Veteran activists Chimene Hawes, Sheila Ryan, and Saul Solis were handcuffed, taken into custody, then cited for trespassing and released.

Earlier, during the hubbub, activists dropped a banner from a second floor balcony that read, "Brewer, Let Dreamers Drive!"

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Activist Sheila Ryan being handcuffed by a DPS officer

Reverend Eve Nunez of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference led the group in prayer. A few months back, Nunez delivered more than 7,000 signatures to Governor Brewer's office, asking that Brewer reverse her discriminatory policy.

"I want to pray, and I also want to tell our governor that the word of god says that we are to treat immigrants as our own people, and we are not to oppress them," told the assembled. "So I'm asking Jan Brewer to read Leviticus...19:33, and 34, what it says about how we should treat our DREAMers."

In case you haven't made it to Sunday school recently, the passage reads:

"When an alien lives with you in your land, do not mistreat him. The alien living with you must be treated as one of your native-born. Love him as yourself, for you were aliens in Egypt. I am the Lord your God."

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ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

“Power that is not constrained by humanity is not constrained by anything at all.” Leonard Pitts

gpscentral
gpscentral

Mrs. Brewer is a sorry excuse for a governor, for sure but getting arrested over this serves no purpose and makes CBA even less credible. You can expect no less if you go to a government building and think you are going to be unfurling a sign that hangs from the second floor to the first. They got what they deserved for bad behavior.

lucyababeu
lucyababeu

Randy Parraz, president of Citizens for a Better Arizona, great job to all. I love the passage, "When an alien lives with you in your land, do not mistreat him. The alien living with you must be treated as one of your native-born. Love him as yourself, for you were aliens in Egypt. I am the Lord your God." Don't let the foolish politicians stop you. jan brewer is a drunk, she will be gone soon. My father is a pastor, look how he is living his life through his son Paul Babeu and let his father rape me and my sisters. and let the brothers rape the sister and Paul do his dirty deeds. He is no pastor when he is a bigot and hates blacks, immigrants, and agrees with Paul on abusing them when they have committed no crimes. Follow your dream. Keep going it will come true, evil people will be stopped. I am so proud of all of you. Lucy Babeu

Joe Kennedy
Joe Kennedy

While I understand the common sense behind giving these young people the ability to drive legally, what I don't understand is why these church groups need to get involved in politics? It's time to tax any church that feels the need to protest in a political arena.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

the only way Brewer is going to read any passage from the bible or any book for that matter, is if its printed in the bottom of her scotch glass. that way she can see it when she has the glass bottoms up and empty.....which is usually 4 seconds after the glass is put in front of her


robert_graham
robert_graham

The answer is Dreamer's will never be allowed to drive in Arizona, period! Dreamer's who want licenses should move to California where they now give illegal aliens drivers licenses however that is being challenged and the practice will likely to end.  Let me remind you that Dreamer's are still illegal aliens and Arizona law prohibits giving drivers licenses to illegal aliens. Obama'a Dream Act does not include drivers licenses and he has already said that decision is left up to the individual states. Gov. Brewer made the right decision to deny drivers licenses to Dreamer's and that's final.

bobunf
bobunf

Note Art's guns and bull horn.

Warrior-X
Warrior-X

Never heard this Olivas goofball. But whatever happened to the other anti-Hispanic Hispanic, that pride-lacking self-loathing hobbit lady Anna Gaines? Moved back to Mexico I assume.

MotherJones
MotherJones

@JoeArpaioFan I'll take a whopper withe cheesy tots and a strawberry shake to go, JAF. Have it waitin for me when I get to BK.I'm late for a 10 minute date with your mom.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@JoeArpaioFan thats where you are wrong. dreamers are not illegal, their status has been changed....hence the reason they are called dreamers not illegals. just because you want to consider them illegal, doesnt make it so. being classified as a dreamer means your status has been changed and you are not here illegally. 

66rock
66rock topcommenter

@JoeArpaioFan  Never and final are mighty strong words.  Fact is Brewer and her crowd will not be in power forever, so of course it is not final.  In fact most likely, Az will issue driver's licenses to them at some point.  

lucyababeu
lucyababeu

@danzigsdaddy @JoeArpaioFan ,

danzigsdaddy, excellent comment. You stand up for all people's rights and justice for all.  Jan Brewer,  is a idiot and will go down with the rest of them. You are the most decent person I know. Way to go. Lucy Babeu

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