Jan Brewer

Former Governor of Arizona

Brewer has long held harsh anti-immigrant stances. The former Arizona governor argued against the issuance of licenses for DACA recipients and has refuted DACA’s validity in formal briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court.

About

  • In 2010, then-Governor Brewer signed the Kobach-authored SB 1070 into law, and has remained a staunch supporter of the anti-immigrant movement since leaving office in 2015. That same year, she spoke at FAIR’s National Board of Advisors Conference.

Beliefs

  • Brewer has repeatedly used dehumanizing language to vilify immigrants. At the signing of SB1070, Brewer said, “We cannot sacrifice our safety to the murderous greed of drug cartels. We cannot stand idly by as drop houses, kidnappings, and violence compromise our quality of life. We cannot delay while the destruction happening south of our border — our international border creeps its way north.”

Attacks on DACA

Brewer v. ADAC:

  • Soon after the Obama administration launched DACA in 2012, then-Arizona Governor Jan Brewer changed the state’s policy to deny driver’s licenses to DACA recipients.
  • Civil rights groups filed suit on behalf of the Arizona DREAM Act Coalition (ADAC) and individual DACA recipients to challenge the policy.
  • Arizona argued that DACA recipients are not authorized to be present in the United States under federal law, and do not meet the state’s driver’s license requirements.
  • After the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that Arizona’s policy was preempted by the federal government’s  power to classify non-citizens, Arizona asked the Supreme Court to take up the case.
  • Even after the former Governor left office, Governor Doug Ducey and Attorney General Mark Brnovich have taken up the mantle to defend Brewer’s policies. While Ducey had the opportunity to rescind her executive order since he took office, and Brnovich the opportunity to not defend the suit, both have actively continued to pursue litigation. The Attorney General’s office is on the petition to the U.S. Supreme Court, and Brewer’s name still remains on the case.
  • Previous litigation in this case centered around the state’s right to issue driver’s licenses with a narrowly defined question regarding the President’s authority to administer immigration policy. Now the petition to the U.S. Supreme Court focuses on the constitutionality of DACA.
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