Feathered Bastard

Jan Brewer's Bigoted Policy Denying Driver's Licenses to DREAMers in Federal Judge's Hands

Few public acts by Governor Jan Brewer have been so odious, so hateful and so obviously unfair as her executive order denying driver's licenses to those young men and women, brought here as children, who benefit from President Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

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Brewer's August 15, 2012 order is so patently bigoted and spiteful that it almost trumps Brewer's signing of ex-state Senate President Russell Pearce's racist Senate Bill 1070.

But this is Sand Land, where little love or sympathy exists in GOP circles for brown folk, no matter how young and innocent.

Indeed, considering how backward this state is when it comes to racial and ethnic relations, I suppose we should be happy Brewer isn't on the Capitol lawn once a week burning a cross, her white sheet flapping in the wind.

The ACLU, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and the National Immigration Law Center -- basically, the good guys -- are suing Brewer, seeking to halt Brewer's Executive Order 2012-06, blocking DREAMers from driving legally.

Lawyers for the different groups were in federal district court in Phoenix on Friday for oral arguments on a motion for preliminary injunction and a motion from lawyers for Brewer and ADOT seeking dismissal.

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Stephen is a former staff writer and columnist at Phoenix New Times.
Contact: Stephen Lemons