Jan Brewer's Immigration Backlash Begins

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Image from a quicklink As election-chastened Republicans rush to embrace Latinos, Arizona's infamously anti-immigrant governor finds herself on the wrong side of the fence. Arizona's Republican governor, Jan Brewer, seemed in perfect lockstep with both her party and Mitt Romney (whom she had heartily endorsed early on) when she issued Executive Order 2012-06 three months ago. The order barred "Dreamers"--young, undocumented immigrants granted temporary relief from deportation by a new Obama administration directive--from receiving Arizona driver licenses. At the time, Brewer called Dreamers "illegal people." Earlier this week, those same "illegal people" slapped Brewer with a federal lawsuit. Their lawyers at the American Civil Liberties Union, the National Immigration Law Center, and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund contend (PDF) that Gov. Jan violated the constitutional rights...

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