“Executive order from Governor Jan Brewer blocks IDs, benefits for illegal immigrants”
Precisely what we at pw have been calling for when we speak of the next stage of the TEA Party revolution: a governor (or coalition of governors) willing to assert the authority of the office and represent the interests of the citizens of his or her state, even if doing so means defying the edicts of an imperial executive, and overreaching administrative state, and what has become a rogue, PC-ridden, politicized Court whose current CJ is more concerned with respecting bad precedent and presenting a face of moderation and bipartisanship than he is in following either the Constitution of a coherent interpretive strategy.
Jan Brewer has signed an executive order directing state agencies to deny driver’s licenses and other public benefits to young illegal immigrants who obtain work authorizations under a new Obama administration program.
After the order was issued, supporters of the program and the DREAM Act took to the streets of Phoenix in protest. Video from Air15 showed the protesters carrying signs and walking down Central Avenue toward the State Capitol.
Brewer’s Wednesday order says she’s reaffirming the intent of current Arizona law denying taxpayer-funded public benefits and state identification to illegal immigrants.
Brewer’s order says the program’s federal paperwork doesn’t confer lawful status on illegal immigrants and won’t entitle them to Arizona public benefits.
She directs state agencies to start emergency rulemaking processes as necessary to implement her order.
The left will no doubt resort to political cartoons of Brewer standing in a school doorway, blocking little brown children from their human right to the tax money of legal US citizens — much as they tried to back down Scott Walker by presenting him as an enemy of education and union labor. But the truth is, once these newly-minted “DREAMers” get driver’s licenses, they can vote. Illegally.
If Brewer and those in her state keep their resolve, they will find that many more people support their efforts than all the shrieking from the media — which will present only the outrage and emotionalism on which progressivism fuels its messaging — would hope to suggest.
That is — as I’ve been saying for some time now — if Brewer and co. trust in reality instead of caving to progressive attempts to manufacture a false reality, they will win, and the left’s power, like the mirage it’s always been, will disappear.