STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Members of the Arizona House Democratic Caucus criticized Gov. Jan Brewer’s recent executive order that attempts to prevent people granted temporary relief from deportation from receiving driver’s licenses and other public benefits.
“The governor is using her elected position to grandstand at the expense of finding real solutions to the issues our state is facing,” House Minority Leader Chad Campbell, D-Phoenix (District 14), said. “This executive order just highlights her commitment to an extremist agenda.”
Brewer issued the executive order Wednesday, the same day that some young people brought to the United States as children could begin to apply for deferred deportation action. The move has drawn criticism for being mean-spirited.
“This is the type of political theater we sadly have come to expect from the governor,” House Minority Whip Anna Tovar, D-Tolleson (District 13), said. “This executive order undoubtedly will be challenged in court. The state will be forced to use taxpayer dollars to defend the governor’s poor choices. She should be focused on creating jobs and improving education, not squandering the state’s time and money to promote her extremist agenda.”
Rep. Martin Quezada, D-Avondale (District 13), said the executive order was unnecessary and out of line.
“The young people who are eligible for deferred action are those who were brought here as children and who are contributing to our communities. They are people trying to earn a college degree or people who have served our country in the military,” Quezada said. “The governor’s actions amount to political bullying of students and veterans.”
Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Phoenix (District 16), said the executive order is little more than a publicity stunt.
“There will be much debate on what, if anything, her executive order actually does. Aside from that, the semantics and the timing are suspect,” Gallego said. “Once again, Gov. Brewer is grandstanding to get media attention. She wants the political spotlight so badly she is willing to take extreme measures that do nothing to address the real issues facing our communities.”