The Common Good

Faith leaders to petition Jan Brewer to retract order barring benefits for illegal immigrants (AP)

Date: August 27, 2012

Some Christian activists around Arizona plan to deliver a petition to Gov. Jan Brewer, seeking a retraction of her executive order to bar public benefits for illegal immigrants.

On Aug. 15, Brewer ordered state agencies to deny driver's licenses and other public benefits to young illegal immigrants who obtain work authorizations under a new Obama administration policy.

Brewer said she was reaffirming the intent of current Arizona law denying taxpayer-funded public benefits and state identification to illegal immigrants.

Some faith leaders say they have gathered nearly 7,000 signatures from Christians across the country opposed to Brewer's executive order.

They plan to deliver the petition to the governor's office on Thursday afternoon.