The Common Good

Christian groups battle Jan Brewer over drivers licenses for young illegal immigrants

Date: August 27, 2012

 

A coalition of Christian groups want Gov.Jan Brewer to rescind her executive order prohibiting the handing out of state driver’s licenses for young illegal immigrants getting immunity from deportation via new program from President Barack Obama.

The Christian groups in Phoenix and Tucson have collected 7,000 signatures and will deliver those to the Governor’s Office tomorrow.

Brewer issued the ban the same week as the Obama program started offering immunity to young, undocumented immigrants who were brought into the U.S. at young ages by their parents.

Those young immigrants must apply for immunity status and must not have committed any serious criminal offenses.

Hispanic activists and those with more liberal stances on immigration are upset with Brewer’s order.

The Governor’s Office said last week the vast majority of calls it has received on the issue support the driver’s license ban.

Democratic political consultant John Loredosays Brewer’s order and her signing of the Senate Bill 1070 immigration law is also souring the state’s relationship with Mexico, which is the state’s largest trading partner.

Brewer’s backing of SB 1070 propelled her 2010 re-election campaign, and her clashes with Obama on immigration have endured her to conservatives nationally. Public opinion polls — nationally and in Arizona —showed voter support for SB 1070 and its requirement of police to ask about immigration status during arrests.