PHOENIX - Dozens of protesters angry over Governor Jan Brewer's executive order denying driver's licenses and other public benefits to undocumented youth marched through downtown Phoenix Wednesday afternoon.
"We will fight, no more bullying, we can dream, we can vote," several chanted as the group made its way to the state capitol.
Brewer signed the executive order in a move against a new federal program that, among other things, allows young undocumented immigrants to stay in the country without being deported.
"What do we want? The DREAM Act! When do we want it? Now!" yelled several people as they stood on the grounds of the State Capitol.
About 150 people gathered calling on Governor Brewer to rethink her move while calling for the Obama administration to step in and fight her executive order.
"It just doesn't seem right, it's not right, how can she do that?" asked Eder Rosas.
Rosas, a 26-year-old Phoenix resident held a driver's permit which he just obtained under the federal program before Governor Brewer signed the order.
"I have it and now it may be taken away from me and I don't think it's right for anybody and Jan Brewer's right to do this," said Rosas while holding the state issued card.
Rosas admits he is in the country illegally.
"Mexico is as foreign to me as it is to you," Rosas said while standing outside the Capitol. "I came here when I was six, all I remember was riding in a plane and I was excited and next thing I knew I was reunited with my family."
Governor Brewer called President Obama's new federal program back door amnesty.
"I was in deportation proceedings, but they were canceled because I am waiting to hear about my citizenship, I applied," Rosas said. "I've been here since I was six, I went to school and the government has spent money educating me and all of a sudden, I'm going to get thrown out, that's money wasted, it doesn't seem right."
The group of young protesters say they plan to march again hoping to get the attention of Governor Brewer and President Obama.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona issued the following statement in response to Brewer’s executive order:
This is yet another reason why Arizona has no business trying to regulate immigration matters,” said Alessandra Soler, executive director of the ACLU of Arizona. “Brewer is distorting federal law and inaccurately interpreting state law. This order conflicts with state and federal law because people who are granted deferred action will, in fact, have authorized presence in the United States and under Arizona law people who have authorized presence are eligible to apply for Arizona state identification. She is perpetuating the myth that deferred action applicants are somehow submitting fraudulent documents and that is completely false. Not only is she singling out young people who are eligible for deferred action, but she also is excluding other categories of non-citizens who are authorized to be in the country, including victims of domestic violence, from obtaining state-identification while their immigration applications are being processed.
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