WBEZ | Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer http://www.wbez.org/tags/arizona-gov-jan-brewer Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en On historic day, Arizona governor blocks DREAMers http://www.wbez.org/blogs/achy-obejas/2012-08/historic-day-arizona-governor-blocks-dreamers-101756 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/AP110419139974.jpg" style="height: 306px; width: 400px; float: left; " title="Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (AP/file)" /></div><p>On the first day of President Barack Obama&rsquo;s program to extend <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/young-immigrants-line-apply-deportation-reprieve-101734">some measure of legal protection to undocumented youth</a>, Gov. Jan Brewer of Arizona signed an executive order that <a href="http://www.eastvalleytribune.com/arizona/immigration/article_ee12c308-e72c-11e1-80a3-0019bb2963f4.html">denies them any benefits</a> in her state.<br /><br />It&rsquo;s just one more mean and spiteful move by Brewer. She&rsquo;s getting the predictable <a href="http://standwitharizona.com/blog/2012/08/15/gov-brewers-executive-order-blocks-ids-benefits-for-illegal-aliens-granted-obama-amnesty/">accolades from far right wackos</a> but it&#39;s another short-term move with long-term negative effects for Republicans among the country&rsquo;s fastest growing population: Latinos.<br /><br />What will Brewer&rsquo;s executive order actually do? Its most immediate effect will be to refuse to grant driver&rsquo;s licenses to DREAMers or offer in-state college tuition.</p><p>But because Brewer&rsquo;s order actually denies recognition based on federal work permits that Arizona was recognizing until she put pen to paper on this odious order, she will also be denying future driver&rsquo;s licenses and other benefits to perfectly legal foreign workers who have nothing to do with Obama&rsquo;s deferment program.<br /><br />In other words, Brewer&rsquo;s order is designed more to mess with the president at the expense of immigrants than to actually do anything about those immigrants.<br /><br />How short-range is this? Well, consider this: While <a href="http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/04000.html">Arizona&rsquo;s population</a> is about 58 white (not Hispanic) and about 30 percent Latino, those numbers represent nearly 2 million Hispanics &mdash; a <em>46 percent increase</em> from ten years ago. Latinos <a href="http://www.azcentral.com/news/election/azelections/articles/2011/03/10/20110310census-arizona-new-2010-numbers-brk10-ON.html">leapfrogged</a> from four percent of Arizona&rsquo;s population in 2000 to 25 percent in 2010.</p><p>Right now, more than <a href="http://pewresearch.org/pubs/1235/latino-children-immigrants-american-born">22 percent of all American children</a> under 18 are Latinos. A full 52 percent of those are U.S. born.<br /><br />A whole chunk of those live in Arizona. And when they gear up to vote, in say, 2020, just about when they&#39;re an inevitable majority, how do you think Republicans are gonna fare?</p></p> Thu, 16 Aug 2012 08:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/achy-obejas/2012-08/historic-day-arizona-governor-blocks-dreamers-101756