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Arizona Governor Tries to Thwart Obama's Immigration Directive With Executive Order

Thursday, August 16, 2012 By Igor Volsky, ThinkProgress | Report
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Arizona Governor Jan Brewer (R) has signed an executive order that attempts to thwart President Obama's directive extending temporary work permits to more than a million undocumented immigrants. The Obama administration's policy — which would grant two-year work authorizations to undocumented youth between 15 and 30 years of age who have lived in the U.S. continuously for at least five years — was announced in June and went into effect on Wednesday.

Brewer's order directs "state agencies to deny driver's licenses and other public benefits to young illegal immigrants who obtain work authorizations" and "directs state agencies to start emergency rulemaking processes as necessary to implement her order." From the document:

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Igor Volsky

Igor Volsky is the Health Care and LGBT Editor for ThinkProgress.org at the Center for American Progress Action Fund. He also writes on LGBT Equality issues. Igor is co-author of Howard Dean's Prescription for Real Healthcare Reform.  Igor grew up in Russia, Israel, and New Jersey.

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Arizona Governor Tries to Thwart Obama's Immigration Directive With Executive Order

Thursday, August 16, 2012 By Igor Volsky, ThinkProgress | Report
  • font size decrease font size decrease font size increase font size increase font size
  • Print

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer (R) has signed an executive order that attempts to thwart President Obama's directive extending temporary work permits to more than a million undocumented immigrants. The Obama administration's policy — which would grant two-year work authorizations to undocumented youth between 15 and 30 years of age who have lived in the U.S. continuously for at least five years — was announced in June and went into effect on Wednesday.

Brewer's order directs "state agencies to deny driver's licenses and other public benefits to young illegal immigrants who obtain work authorizations" and "directs state agencies to start emergency rulemaking processes as necessary to implement her order." From the document:

This piece was reprinted by Truthout with permission or license. It may not be reproduced in any form without permission or license from the source.

Igor Volsky

Igor Volsky is the Health Care and LGBT Editor for ThinkProgress.org at the Center for American Progress Action Fund. He also writes on LGBT Equality issues. Igor is co-author of Howard Dean's Prescription for Real Healthcare Reform.  Igor grew up in Russia, Israel, and New Jersey.

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