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Arizona governor issues executive order denying benefits to undocumented immigrants
Max Slater at 12:12 PM ET
State agencies that provide public benefits ... shall ... to the extent not prohibited by state or federal law, initiate operational, policy, rule and statutory changes necessary to prevent Deferred Action recipients from obtaining eligibility, beyond those available to any person regardless of lawful status, for any taxpayer-funded public benefits and state identification, including a driver's license, so that the intent of Arizona voters and lawmakers who enacted laws expressly restricting access to taxpayer funded benefits and state identification are enforced.The American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona (ACLU) [advocacy website] on Thursday criticized[press release] Brewer for allegedly distorting federal and state law.The Deferred Action program has been the subject of controversy since the Obama administration initiated it in June. In July JURIST guest columnist Chris Schlag argued [JURIST op-ed] that while Deferred Action is a step in the right direction, comprehensive legislation is necessary to adequately address the complicated issue of immigration. In June Congressman Ben Quayle (R-AZ) [official website] introduced a bill [JURIST report] to block the Deferred Action program from taking effect. Earlier in June Congressman Steve King (R-IA) [official website] announced that he plans to sue the Obama administration [JURIST report] to delay the enforcement of the Deferred Action program.
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