Arizona Governor Jan Brewer is once again standing up for her state and its lawful citizens.
With passage of the DREAM Act, illegal immigrants under 30, or arrived in the US before they were 16, and have graduated from college or served in the military, are eligible to stay in the U.S, as long as they also have not been convicted of crimes or otherwise pose a safety threat.
Today, Gov. Brewer signed an executive order declaring this subset of people cannot receive an Arizona driver’s license or other public benefits because they are not lawful citizens.
“As the (Department of Homeland Security) has said repeatedly … these individuals do not have lawful status,” Brewer spokesman Matthew Benson told the Republic. “They are able to remain in the country and not be deported, and not be prosecuted, but they do not have lawful status.”
Once again, Gov. Brewer is the only politician in the country willing to address this issue. Despite its controversial status and now mostly-defunct ability to combat the problem post-SCOTUS, S.B. 1070 was a step towards reigning in the problem of illegal immigration.