ACLU of Arizona Statement on Brewer’s Executive Order 2012-06

Affiliate: ACLU of Arizona
August 16, 2012 10:14 am

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PHOENIX – The following statement was issued by Alessandra Soler, executive director, of the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona in response to Governor Jan Brewer’s Executive Order on the federal government’s “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” Program.

This is yet another reason why Arizona has no business trying to regulate immigration matters,” said Alessandra Soler, executive director of the ACLU of Arizona. “Brewer is distorting federal law and inaccurately interpreting state law. This order conflicts with state and federal law because people who are granted deferred action will, in fact, have authorized presence in the United States and under Arizona law people who have authorized presence are eligible to apply for Arizona state identification. She is perpetuating the myth that deferred action applicants are somehow submitting fraudulent documents and that is completely false. Not only is she singling out young people who are eligible for deferred action, but she also is excluding other categories of non-citizens who are authorized to be in the country, including victims of domestic violence, from obtaining state-identification while their immigration applications are being processed.

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