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Dec 3, 2012 Comments Off Infidel

Excerpted from Judicial Watch: In the latest legal action taken by the increasingly powerful open borders movement, the governor of Arizona is being sued by a coalition of civil rights groups for banning illegal immigrants from getting driver’ licenses in her state.

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer issued the order in late August to help counter the Obama Administration’s stealth amnesty program, which is sparing hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens from deportation. Under the plan, called “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals,” illegal immigrants under the age of 30 who came to the U.S. as children can remain in the country and obtain work permits. President Obama sidestepped Congress and created it in June via executive order.

Brewer fought back with her own order to stop illegal immigrants who obtain work permits under the federal program from getting taxpayer-funded perks or licenses in her state. In the document Brewer explains that allowing Arizona’s 80,000 deferred action recipients improper access to state or local benefits will have significant and lasting impacts on the state’s budget, its healthcare system and additional public benefits that taxpayers fund.

The open borders movement immediately blasted the governor, calling her order a “mean-spirited” policy that compounds the “climate of fear and mistrust” already created by Arizona’s strict immigration control law. Denying illegal aliens driver’s licenses is a “feeble attempt to score a political point against the president’s humane and sensible action” and a “cruel slap in the face to thousands of young Arizonans,” according to National Council of La Raza President Janet Murguia.

Now Arizona has to waste taxpayer dollars to defend its policy in court. In a 32-page complaint the groups—which include the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)—claim the measure is unjust and unconstitutional because it violates the supremacy and equal protection clauses of the United States Constitution. “As the President of the United States has recognized, these young immigrants are Americans in their heart, in their minds, in every single way but one: On paper,” the lawsuit says.

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