Jan Brewer Blames Obama for Her Loss on Anti-DACA Driver's License Policy

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Governor Jan Brewer responded to her loss in federal court yesterday, which put a temporary ban on her executive order preventing participants in the Obama Administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program from receiving driver's licenses.

Somehow, this is all President Obama's fault, according to Brewer.

See also:
-Jan Brewer's Anti-DACA Driver's License Policy Halted by Appeals Court
-Ugliness, Hysteria the Response of Too Many to the Plight of Migrant Kids

Brewer released a statement saying, in part:
"In 2012, based on President Obama's lawless directive, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) made an administrative policy choice to defer removal proceedings of illegal aliens who were brought to the United States as children, a program referred to as DACA. This policy choice is not federal law authorizing an illegal alien's presence in the country - it simply is a choice by the executive branch not to enforce deportation proceedings as required under existing federal statute.
Interestingly, the opinion of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals says the opposite:
The federal government has enacted a program called "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals" ("DACA"), which authorizes certain immigrants who came to the United States as children, without permission, to remain in the United States.
Brewer explained the move was to prevent "illegal people" from getting driver's licenses, but her ban didn't include other non-citizens who are allowed to get Arizona driver's licenses.

The lower court didn't grant an injunction against the policy, however, the federal judge noted that the plaintiffs did have a good likelihood of succeeding in their claim that the policy violates the constitutional right of equal protection.

Faced with this, Brewer's administration then revised the policy, extending the ban to more non-citizens, although they'd previously been able to obtain a license without any such trouble from Brewer.

The initial policy barring DACA participants from getting Arizona driver's licenses is likely where the Brewer administration goofed on this matter.

Attorneys for the state used arguments similar to Brewer's -- that their presence being authorized by the federal government somehow doesn't count, compared to other non-citizens who have been granted deferred action through other, longer-standing programs, and who've had no issue getting an Arizona driver's license, until now.

The opinion from the appeals court pane sums up the response to that argument succinctly: "Arizona's attempt at rationalizing this discrimination fails."

As if that weren't enough, Brewer's statement also includes the following pound of sliced baloney:
"The DACA Program, the decision to not enforce federal law, has directly led to the massive influx of illegal crossings and the crisis we are witnessing today. If the Ninth Circuit ruling is allowed to stand, the President, as he has already threatened, can contrive a new program refusing to deport the latest arrivals, issue employment authorization cards, and Arizona would have to issue licenses to them as well.
Now, read Rule No. 3 for qualifying for DACA:
3. Have continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007, up to the present time;
So, according to Brewer, children from Central America are showing up to the nation's southern border because a program exists that defers the deportation of people who showed up in the country seven years ago. Something to do with time machines, or something.

More from Brewer:
Lawless decrees by the President demonstrate animus to Congress, states and the Constitution.
Again, whose decree has been halted by a federal court? (Also, who else would give 5 bucks to have Brewer to try to say that sentence out loud?)

And more:
This continues us down a dangerous path in which the courts and the President - not Congress - make our nation's laws. The ruling is especially disturbing given the current influx of illegal aliens, a crisis President Obama created and escalated. I am analyzing options for appealing the misguided court decision. The American people are tired and disgusted by what is happening through our federal government today, but they can be assured Arizona will continue to fight for the rule of law."
And again, we note that this is a directive Brewer took without authorization of the Legislature, and according to this appellate court, Brewer didn't follow the rule of law.

"Plaintiffs have shown that they are likely to succeed on the merits of their equal protection claim, that they are likely to suffer irreparable harm unless Defendants' policy is enjoined, and that both the balance of the equities and the public interest favor an injunction," the opinion states.

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jonnyquest
jonnyquest topcommenter

Does anyone see an injustice in Bill Montgomery not charging Sean Pearce? The beneficiary is Pearce. A crony. The victim is the man he killed. That's prosecutorial discretion. DACA is prosecutorial discretion. The beneficiaries are the Democrats. As long as there is gridlock on immigration reform, they can act as champions of the undocumented and club the Republicans at every turn. The victims are the Dreamers. At one time, passage of the dream act was a distinct possibility. Obama's DACA sank any chance of passage. The pushback was predictable. Gridlock is cemented in place. Obama creates DACA while deporting record numbers of people.

jonnyquest
jonnyquest topcommenter

Does anyone see an injustice in Bill Montgomery not charging Sean Pearce? The beneficiary is Pearce. A crony. The victim is the man he killed. That's prosecutorial discretion. DACA is prosecutorial discretion. The beneficiaries are the Democrats. As long as there is gridlock on immigration reform, they can act as champions of the undocumented and club the Republicans at every turn. The victims are the Dreamers. At one time, passage of the dream act was a distinct possibility. Obama's DACA sank any chance of passage. The pushback was predictable. Gridlock is cemented in place. Obama creates DACA while deporting record numbers of people.

nkiflemar
nkiflemar

SHOCKING! NOT!  She blames Obama for everything unless he is helping her.  If I were him, I would let her sink!

DNichols
DNichols

Funny, I don't recall Brewer being upset with Obama, or the Feds when they granted her "Amnesty" of Jail Time  after investigating honest Jan for her  CRIMINAL involvement abusing her Government authority, shuffling papers in defrauding Social Security of $75,000.00 to reward her Knife Point Rapist son as he was already incarcerated, and costing tax payers over six hundred dollars a day for his total care for years?!

Felons like Brewer should face Justice for thier CRIMES!

Is it true Honest Jan simply had to repay the Stolen Social Security money?!

"Lets enforce our Laws" Governor Brewer!

Even the ones you have trampled.

To: Justice?

Michele Hermanson
Michele Hermanson

When in doubt, blame Obama. It's now as comical as telling your teacher that your dog ate your homework.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

Did VN go off to a posse meeting?  Just when many people here were calling him (and YPs) out for being a worthless twit(s)!

mrh0202201091
mrh0202201091

What exactly are you trying to achieve????...If while in the process of running a race you are destroying everything fundamental right to man kind....I mean is it not 'defeating the whole purpose', FREEDOM OF SPEECH, FREEDOM TO ASSEMBLE,FREEDOM IN YOUR HOME, from unlawful intrusion......I MEAN 'WHAT EXACTLY OUR WE TRYING TO ACHIEVE' here? 

jonnyquest
jonnyquest topcommenter

Obama created DACA while deporting the most people ever. Does he care about the Dreamers or is he ruthlessly exploiting the undocumented? Why didn't Immigration Reform happen when Democrats controlled the House and Senate in his first term?

JoeArpaioFan
JoeArpaioFan

It's true that Obama is to blame. Obama must be impeached. Everything the monkey does is a fucking joke. Such a lame president.

But I have news for you. You'll get your licenses but they are going to be a different color and clearly marked DACA DRIVER PRIVILEGE for example.

And the numbering scheme will be different from other licenses. For example, instead of beginning with a letter and 8 numbers, DACA licenses will either start with 2 letters followed by 7 numbers (DX40352) or 8 numbers and a letter (87687645C). This will prevent the licenses from being able to be used online for things such as registering to vote or booking an airline ticket.  And of course the licenses will be mailed.  No longer can you walk into a MVD office and walk out with a finished license. Gov. Brewer changed that policy in anticipation of the ruling. There is nothing that says the licenses can't look different because minor licenses are different.

So, do you still want that license?

JoeArpaioFan
JoeArpaioFan

It's true that Obama is to blame. Obama must be impeached. Everything the monkey does is a fucking joke. Such a lame president.

DNichols
DNichols

@jonnyquest
 

Montgomery is sickening, he "Granted Amnesty" through a posh "Plea Deal" to sick Child Molester Republican Star/ Minute Man Leader Chris Simcox whom Bill Montgomery had spent long moonlit nights with on "Border Patrols.


Sick Child Molesters, and wreckless driving killers should face Justice for their crimes Republican cronies of Arpaio's "Puppet" Montgomery or not!


Obama is a disgrace to all that voted for him.


There are doers, and talkers, Obama is not a doer.


To: Corrupt Politicians, got a luv em?

nkiflemar
nkiflemar

Also, the old wag your finger in the President's face, doesn't realize that some of these non-citizens are legal residents with legal rights to work and earn a living.  Without driver's licenses, some will either drive without which hurts us all if they are involved in accidents without insurance or they can't find employment because of poor options for public transit.  They are damned if they do and damned if they don't.  If someone is here legally and has a right to be here, they should be able to get a license and insurance to protect not only themselves, but us!

mrh0202201091
mrh0202201091

                 I think many would like to know the answer.

nkiflemar
nkiflemar

@jonnyquest  Also, Johnny, it was Obama that started the Dream Act, not the TVRPA.  Also, he has never had a Veto proof majority in the senate or house.  Even with ACA he needed two Republican senators to sign on to pass it.  Additionally, have you seen anything he put through not get filibustered or blocked in the house? NEVER!  Stop blaming Obama for all the problems in the world and talk to your legislators! Then look at your local fools in legislature!

nkiflemar
nkiflemar

@jonnyquest  Actually Obama did NOT create DACA.  Bush signed it into law with bipartisan support.  It is the media blaming Obama again for a law he had nothing to do with!  He is strapped by this law now in trying to deport the kids because it was a law that was put in place because of human trafficking issues.  This is not a new phenomenon by the way, it has been going on for 5 years since Bush signed it into law in Dec. 08 over a month before he left office.  Don't believe it?  Look it up!  It is called the TVRPA law.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@jonnyquest Because they only controlled it for a total of less than 35 in session days.


Get your facts straight and stop embellishing, trying to say they had control the entire time - that's a lie.


BTW - it takes a lot longer than 35 days to get any substantive legislation passed, just due to the slowness ALL of washington moves at, not just the reps or dems.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@arizonanewtimes.com really? i always took pink to be your color. 

anybody who professes his love for Joe while praising Adolf Hitler in the same blog just has to have some serious skeletons in his closet





its cool Robert.........its the 21st century, we are understanding...........throw that closet door wide open

accept who you are (because nobody else will accept you for whatever warped ass piece of shit really are)

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

I suggest you be put back in your straitjacket and rubber room Robert.

nkiflemar
nkiflemar

@arizonanewtimes.com  Why is Obama to blame?  Give me one reason he is to blame?  Also, what would you impeach him for?  There are NO impeachable offenses.  Everything he has done has been legal, mostly because of laws implemented by Bush and Reagan, the right wing's heroes!  He has half as many executive order signings as Bush did and even less than that of Ronnie Reagan!  Learn your facts and stop blaming Obama.  He is anything but a lame president.  He saved Wallstreet, the auto industry, ended two crazy illegal wars, killed Osama, stopped the country from going into a sure depression, reduced the deficit after Bush exploded it.  passed healthcare reform and now has over 10 million more folks insured in the US.  Would have more if 14 governors had not declined expansion of Medicaid.  That costs us all money by the way because people go to the ER for much more serious issues that we pay for and by law they have to treat them.  Then there are the residual costs of people who die from preventable health issues and we have to pay to support their families with dependant benefits, etc.  Obama has fixed so much, but yet gets blamed for all while he has had the right wing fixed since day ONE to block everything.  I would say he is one of the best, not the lame one you claim him to be.  Stop blaming the black guy and start pointing fingers at the guys and gals (as Sarah Palin would say) in the legislature.

car_del99
car_del99

@arizonanewtimes.com Didn't you say that Scorpion queen would win and Dreamers wouldn't get a license ?

And. as usual you are wrong..

did someone shit in your mouth lately ? it seems that's all that comes out of your mouth..


jonnyquest
jonnyquest topcommenter

The breadth of your misinformation is just astounding! Is it possible that I'm communicating with the father of lies himself, Obama?

jonnyquest
jonnyquest topcommenter

You're right Obamacare is not substantive

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Zigs, I suspect Robert is a neo-Nazi in his off time.

He likely has that oil portrait of Hitler he carries around and he shouts heil Hitler and gives the dreaded Nazi salute.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@nkiflemar @arizonanewtimes.com It's better to just not feed that troll that is the poster you are replying too.


You can't fix ignorant and stupid and AZNT (aka Robert_Graham/JoeArpaioFan/Jaffy) is the epitome of that.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@jonnyquest "You're right Obamacare is not substantive"


It's a hell of a lot better than the alternative, especially the Republican alternative..


Oh wait.. what is the Republican alternative? Do you have one?

jonnyquest
jonnyquest topcommenter

Why is Obama asking for $3.7 billion and changes in the law to expedite the deportation of all the kids showing up at the border? Even Lemmons is pissed at him. Or is this just another lie, at which Obama is so accomplished?

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@arizonanewtimes.com you may not be the only one opposed to Obama (i am) but you are by far the most spineless. i hate Obama, but i dont hate black people...............ergo, i dont call him a monkey. since you feel "monkey" to be appropriate...............you are displaying his color is more relevant to you than his presidency is

if you cant be honest with yourself, how can you expect us to take your word? 

i am anti-Obama because of the things he has done (people can agree or disagree with me), but you on the other hand are Anti-Obama just because he isnt white (as your comments point to)

you are singlehandedly proving all the Obama supporters correct when they call us anti-Obama people racists

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@jonnyquest Johnny those might be valid questions, but in the context of THIS article and this subject, they are nothing more than you attempting to divert attention away from your lies.


End of story.


Something for you to consider.. why do you feel the need to lie??? Obama has done a lot to piss people off, no doubt, but your lying just takes away from the legitimate issues with Obama and makes you look the fool that will not be listened too.


Grow up.

nkiflemar
nkiflemar

@danzigsdaddy @arizonanewtimes.com  So how about giving the things you hate about him?  The things he has done that you hate?  Hate is a strong word...why would anyone hate anyone unless they personally attacked you or damaged you personally.  I did not like Bush for the illegal wars, the WMD lies, no bid contracts for Haliburton - Cheney's conflict of interest; deregulating everything that ended in the worst economic crisis since 1929. Wallstreet crashing, blowing a budget surplus and raising the debt by trillions while giving tax cuts to the richest folks during a time of war. His foreign policy was ridiculous and offensive to allies as well as foes.  His Patriot Act that you are all now arguing about with the NSA, but that was another Bush deal.  His choices for the SCOTUS that led to the nonsense corporations are people and unlimited money in politics, not to mention ending the Voting Rights Act, the equal pay and the whole Hobby Lobby can tell you how to plan your family deal!  Now tell me what pisses you off about Obama?


jonnyquest
jonnyquest topcommenter

There are no lies in anything I said. Obama created DACA. There is no legislative authority for him to do that. Point to a law that says he can do that. Previous AZ drivers licenses were issued to people who received legal status while going through due process ACCORDING TO THE LAW! Brewer is an ignorant sock puppet, but she's right on this one.

jonnyquest
jonnyquest topcommenter

There are no lies in anything I said. Obama created DACA. There is no legislative authority for him to do that. Point to a law that says he can do that. Previous AZ drivers licenses were issued to people who received legal status while going through due process ACCORDING TO THE LAW! Brewer is an ignorant sock puppet, but she's right on this one.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@jonnyquest Your further comments are irrelevant and I am not referring to them - you LIED, straight up when you said and inferred that the dems had control of the congress for 2 years. PERIOD.


Everything you said after that was nothing but diversion since you got caught in your initial LIE and it does not matter if it's true or not since that's not the topic of this discussion or article.


Go deflect somewhere else.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@danzigsdaddy @fishingblues


I know what you meant dude.  I just didn't want to give the typical loony left loser liberals, who post here so habitually, any ammunition. 


They act like a pack of jackals looking for any scrap to gnash, and tear and then distort to their bigoted and close-minded  opinions.  

jonnyquest
jonnyquest topcommenter

You should if your parents can get back the money they spent on your education. It would be the right thing to do.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@fishingblues @danzigsdaddy


Awww ... how cute!


Fistingblues giving one of his new konservatard butt buddies a friendly reach-around.


hugs and kisses all around.


xoxoxoxo

jonnyquest
jonnyquest topcommenter

You should see if your...(hope I didn't confuse you by leaving out a word)

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @fishingblues @danzigsdaddy


Stinky is jealous because he has no friends.


"butt buddy", "reach around"  -- is that the vernacular prevalent in your circles donkey boy?


Perhaps you could provide a gay dictionary so normal people could follow. (Although I'm quite confident, no one cares.)

TommyCollins
TommyCollins topcommenter

@fishingblues


"....(Although I'm quite confident, no one cares.)..."


If it weren't for apathy, no one would care at all. 


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