Jan Brewer's Not Changing Her Tune on Driver's Licenses for DREAMers

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Governor Jan Brewer
After three weeks of thinkin', Governor Jan Brewer's finally figured out what she's going to do about her order denying driver's licenses for deferred action beneficiaries -- nothin'.

Brewer's August order says that participants in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program do not have "any lawful or authorized status and does not entitle them to any additional public benefit," which includes driver's licenses -- a thought the ACLU and others have said is false.

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Media outlets including New Times have been checking in with the governor's office every so often to see if there's an update, and the Associated Press got it yesterday.

"Brewer says that didn't clear it up for her and she's standing behind her August executive order barring them from getting licenses," according to the AP report.

It was more than three weeks ago that the ACLU pointed to an updated guide for the deferred action program on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website, which gets into terminology related to immigration law, but seems to contradict Brewer's order.

It's not clear whether the ACLU -- which is involved in a lawsuit against Brewer over this very order -- is correct on its interpretation, but it does at least bring up what seems to be a good point that will likely be raised in its court challenge.

In Brewer's order, she states that the people in the deferred-action program do not have "any lawful or authorized status and does not entitle them to any additional public benefit," which includes driver's licenses.

According to the USCIS website:

"An individual who has received deferred action is authorized by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to be present in the United States, and is therefore considered by DHS to be lawfully present during the period deferred action is in effect. However, deferred action does not confer lawful status upon an individual, nor does it excuse any previous or subsequent periods of unlawful presence."

This is a point the ACLU has been arguing all along, as the lawsuit claims that Brewer's order essentially declares that people who are granted "authorized" presence are actually "unauthorized."

Only a handful of states have pulled a move similar to Brewer's, and only one of those states, Michigan, has reversed its policy in recent weeks.

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TryTryTryAgain
TryTryTryAgain

Thank you Jan for doing the job you were elected to do.  Now start doing something to help rebound our economy that Washington and Big business and the bank cartel has destroyed.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

now that the pickled pig got the Colt as our state gun, she is trying for a new state motto...."DENIAL". as long as we keep denying sex crimes victims any form of investigation or justice, we will have a lower crime rate on those statistics. as long as we deny students under the dreamer act, we will be effectively avoiding the real immigration problems of having people who are encouraging illegal immigration by hiring them. as long as we deny that there is absolutely no real care given to people with mental health care issues, we are able to allow the Jared Laughners to commit their crimes. as long as we deny that we have a sheriff who costs us hundreds of millions of dollars in financial mismanagement and needless lawsuits, we can demand more money in tax increases to fund his agency. as long as we deny that our sheriff is ignoring many crimes and only focusing on part of an immigration problem, we can blame immigration problems entirely on the president and his cabinet 

robert_graham
robert_graham topcommenter

Read my lips: NO DRIVERS LICENSES FOR DREAMERS.... period!  There's nothing more to discuss. File all the lawsuits you wish but when you bitch and moan about tax dollars being wasted, blame yourself because any lawsuits to get a drivers license would be a waste of time and taxpayer money.

Obama never promised his DREAMERs a drivers license same as he did not promise them the right to vote or citizenship.  He just gave them a work permit and a work permit is not an automatic ticket to a drivers license.  

But because there is nothing stopping any DREAMER from going back to the country where they were born to get a green card, do that and you can have a drivers license.  Or of course you can move to California where they are voluntarily giving DREAMERs drivers licenses.  But don't ever expect Arizona to give drivers licenses to those low class of people. Complende?

IdontRecall
IdontRecall

I was wondering if the Drunkard guv has any idea what a Driver License is, perhaps her handlers told her that it's something like a Green Card, you know, the Guv is well known for her mental crashes, probably due to too much alcohol consuption

cassityg32
cassityg32

Just fighting the inevitable. Not surprised

Tommy_Collins
Tommy_Collins

This decision flies in the face of good fiscal management. As someone who purports to be a fiscal conservative this just doesn't make sense.

By allowing those with work permits to attain driver licenses it means that those folks can then LEGALLY drive themselves and others to and from work, where they will be LEGALLY having income taxes, social security and other fees withheld from their income. They will also be able to get at least liability insurance coverage (per Arizona law) and if they are in a crash that is their fault the other people involved won't suffer a loss, thus allowing them to spend their money on something other than vehicle repairs if they don't uninsured motorist coverages.

She's being a jerk, bottom line, trying to show everyone how tough she is. I suppose the next evil nickname from the state with be the world's toughest 'finger wagging, tongue lashing, immigrant hating' governor. It's just good that she doesn't feel this way about criminally insane rapists.

We have less than two years of putting up with her mush. It's going to be a very long less than two years, I'm afraid.

In the mean time she will be keeping state and private law firms employed.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

She seems blind (or drunk) to the fact that AZ has issued about 40k DLs to people with deferred actions.

It's down to AZ and NE that are preventing the same for dreamers on deferred action.

A federal work permit is the only proof needed that the person isn't in the country illegally per AZ LAW.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

Once again, Arizona will have to be dragged, kicking and screaming into doing the right thing by a federal judges order. Between Stinky Finger, Arpaio, Horne, and Montgomery, I wonder what the total is on how much has been spent defending their stupidity in the Court System?

IdontRecall
IdontRecall

CALM DOWN BIATCH!!. "Read my lips" how in the fuck  anybody could read your lips? I'm telling you, you are the most STUPID person ever, and even if I coul;d see you. I would rather not look at your lips, 'cause probably wouild be dripping with cum, as always. NWAY, A big change is comming, where DREAMERS are gonna be able to get DRIVERS LICENSES, and that fucking DRUNKARD GUV and Yourself are gonna be left foamming, piing and shiting all over the place, and You are gonna end up cleaning everything and changing her diaper as well What a pair of RETARDS.

robert_graham
robert_graham topcommenter

@Tommy_Collins Your comparisons are about as idiotic as allowing pedophiles to have pictures of kiddy porn by saying "oh yes give them the pictures they want to see and they won't rape little kids".  And I suppose you think their work permit should allow them to vote too, huh?  There are millions of US Citizens who were born here that don't have drivers licenses for whatever reason. A drivers license is a privilege not a right and those people have not earned that privilege! The answer is NO DRIVERS LICENSES!

robert_graham
robert_graham topcommenter

@JohnQ.Public It's not surprising that illegal aliens want their cake and be able to eat it too.

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

@JohnQ.Public lol no, i figured Caughlin would pull her strings and tell her not to do it..that or ALEC...she only does what those two tell her 

robert_graham
robert_graham topcommenter

@WhoKnows And I suppose you think a federal work permit is an entitlement to be able to vote too. No, a federal work permit isn't an entitlemnt to a drivers license.

robert_graham
robert_graham topcommenter

@shadeaux14 How does it feel to want? Go ahead and try but you will not win. The real stupid ones are people like you. If you've ever heard the old saying that goes something like "those who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones", in the end we will drag you kicking and screaming back to Mexico where you came from. NO DRIVERS LICENSES FOR DREAMERS!!!!!!

robert_graham
robert_graham topcommenter

@IdontRecall No, DREAMERS are NEVER going to get drivers licenses. You are the stupid biatch! Next, DREAMERS will want the right to vote by saying that because they have a work permit they must be given that right. Ain't gonna happen either.  Truth is there should not even be a DREAM Act because they could have easily went back to their country of birth and got the necessary paperwork every other legal alien gets to come over here.  But oh no, they don't even attempt to do things the right way so I say screw them they ain't getting no damn drivers licenses. A drivers license is a privilege not a right and they have not earned that privilege... period! Complende???

IdontRecall
IdontRecall

Jaffy, Jaffy......here Jaffy.....That's a good biatch!!, You know what. I also wonder if You have any idea what that means, 'cause it is very obvious that You only repeat what You hear, just like THE MUMMY Guv. COMPRENDE.

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