Benefits for illegal immigrants
Joshua Montano, left, and Deborah Robles protest in front of the Capitol the day after Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, in an executive order reaffirming Arizona state law denying young illegal immigrants driver's licenses and other public benefits on Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012, in Phoenix. Brewer's order issued Wednesday says she's reaffirming the intent of current Arizona law denying taxpayer-funded public benefits and state identification to illegal immigrants. Young illegal immigrants could start applying Wednesday with the federal government for work permits under the Obama administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. The program defers deportations for young illegal immigrants if they meet certain criteria. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Posted: Thursday, August 23, 2012 6:46 am
Updated: 7:16 am, Thu Aug 23, 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.
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Thursday, August 23, 2012 6:46 am.
Updated: 7:16 am.