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Updated Aug 16, 2012 - 1:11 pm

Young hopefuls protest Brewer's executive order

About two dozen young illegal immigrants spent Wednesday night at the Capitol to protest Gov. Brewer's reaffirmation that the immigrants will not receive state benefits.

Brewer issued an executive order for state agenices to withhold public benefits to young illegal immigrants who get work permits under the Obama administration's deferred deporation program.

Joshua Montano will apply to stay in the United States and said this was just the latest in a series of attacks on the Hispanic community by the governor.

"We're not going to let Gov. Brewer try to crush our dreams of working for this country, of being contributing members to this society," he said.

Added protester Carla Chavarria, "In Arizona, 73 percent of Arizona constituents support the DREAM Act -- why doesn't she?" The numbers are based on a state poll taken by the Merrill/Morrison Institute in the spring.

The group delivered a laundry list of questions for the governor, who would not meet with them. Instead she sent spokesman Matt Benson to deliver her message.

"If there are lawmakers, state legislators, democrats that would like to change the state law to individuals who received deferred action from the federal government, they ought to bring that as a bill," he said.

The Governor's Office estimates that 80,000 illegal immigrants in Arizona will file the paperwork to stay in the U.S.

About the Author

Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

Favorite movies: True Grit, both 1969 John Wayne classic and the remake with Jeff Bridges and Lonesome Dove.

Sports Teams: Washington State University Cougars, Texas Longhorns, The University of Montana Grizzlies.


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