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