Obama’s Dream Act VS. AZ’s Governor Jan Brewer round 1

Arizona’s Governor Jan Brewer signed an executive order Wednesday directing state agencies to deny driver’s licenses and other public benefits to illegal immigrants who obtain work authorizations under a new federal program. A spokesman for Gov. Brewer told the Arizona Republic that Brewer’s order is intended to cut through the confusion created by the act. (Taken from a CBS News report).

“As the (Department of Homeland Security) has said repeatedly … these individuals do not have lawful status,” Brewer spokesman Matthew Benson told the Republic. “They are able to remain in the country and not be deported, and not be prosecuted, but they do not have lawful status.”

This order is necessary to prevent Arizona’s Department of Economic Security and Arizona employers from breaking Arizona state laws regarding required documentation when applying for public benefits (Arizona residency is a requirement for Food Stamps and ACCCHHS) and employment. (Student registration is also an issue here as residency is a requirement for K-12 public schools. Residency is also a factor when paying college tuition fees and for financial aid applicants).

Governor Brewer is not prohibiting immigrants from living the American dream, she is not refusing amnesty. She is doing her job by enforcing the laws written for US citizens and Arizona residents, these laws are new. These laws apply to EVERYBODY, to ALL ARIZONA RESIDENTS. Immigrants want equal opportunity, equal rights and to be treated without discrimination well here it is. Welcome to America.

To apply for an Arizona State Driver’s license:

1. Arizona state law requires that all applicants for an original driver license or identification card present two forms of identification – one must have your photo (or three forms of identification if no photo identification is available). See Identification Requirements. All must be originals or copies certified by the issuing agency. All must be in English.

Identification requirements:

You need two types of documents listed – one must have a clear photo of you.

Or, three documents listed with no photo.

One must be listed under “Primary” (see below).

All must be originals or copies certified by the issuing agency.

All must be in English.

PRIMARY (must include Date of Birth)

Driver License or Instruction Permit issued in another state, territory or possession of the U.S. except (per Arizona law) for the following states that do not verify lawful presence in the U.S.: Alaska, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Michigan, Montana, North Carolina, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin.

Birth Certificate issued in any state, territory or possession of the U.S. Hospital record/certificate and California Certified Abstract of Birth are not acceptable.

2. You are required by ARS 28-3158(D)(5) and 42 USC 405(c)(2)(C) to provide your Social Security Number. It will be used to verify your identity and to comply with federal and state child support enforcement laws. It will not be used as your driver license number.

3. State law requires that you obtain an Arizona driver license and registration immediately if any one of the following applies. If you:

Work in Arizona (other than for seasonal agricultural work).

Are registered to vote in this state.

Place children in school without paying the tuition rate of a nonresident.

Have a business with an office in Arizona, that’s based in and operates vehicles in this state.

Obtain a state license or pay school tuition fees at the same rate as an Arizona resident.

Have a business that operates vehicles to transport goods or passengers within Arizona.

Remain in Arizona for a total of seven months or more during any calendar year, regardless of your permanent residence.

Out-of-state students enrolled with seven or more semester hours, are not considered Arizona residents, regardless of employment.

Active duty military personnel based in Arizona who qualify for exemption under the Service Members Civil Relief Act of 2003 are not considered Arizona residents.

Source is the Arizona MVD http://www.azdot.gov/mvd

To Apply for Nutrition Assistance (Food Stamps), ACHHHS (Insurance), or Cash Assistance:

Information Required To Complete Your Case;

Identification (I.D.) for applicant for Cash Assistance (CA) and Nutrition Assistance (NA).

Proof of citizenship and identity for everyone who is applying for AHCCCS Health Insurance (Medical Assistance or MA), Cash Assistance (CA), and Nutrition Assitance (NA).

Alien Registration Cards, if there are non-U.S. citizens in your household.

Social Security numbers for everyone, or proof that a Social Security number has been applied for.

Birth certificates for everyone.

Name, address & daytime phone number of landlord or neighbor.

A statement verifying your address and the names of everyone living with you. The statement must be made by a non-relative who doesn’t live with you. It must be signed, dated and include that person’s address and telephone number.

Proof of ALL money your household received from any source last month and this month.

Proof that your employment ended, and last date paid.

Bank or credit union (savings or checking) complete statement for the most recent month.

Proof of savings bonds, securities, retirement plans and life insurance.

Proof of pregnancy, including the estimated date of delivery.

Proof of rent/mortgage and utility bills (electric, water, gas, etc.) for the most recent month.

Proof of child care expenses for the most recent month.

Proof of all medical expenses for those who are age 60 or older or receive disability benefits if they are applying for Nutrition Assistance.

Proof of any medical insurance other than AHCCCS.

Source:Arizona Department of Economic Security, Family Assistance Administration

AZ Public School Registration Laws:

To register your child for school in Arizona parents must provide two documents:

Proof of residency (this must be provided every year).

These are documents that parent may use to prove Arizona residency.

Valid Arizona driver’s license or identification card

Valid Arizona motor-vehicle registration

Valid U.S. passport

Mortgage documents

Property-tax bill

Rental agreement or lease (including Section 8 agreement)

Utility bills (water, electric, gas, cable and phone)

Bank or credit-card statement

W-2 wage statement

Payroll stub

Certificate of tribal enrollment or other identification issued by a recognized Indian tribe.

Other documentation from a state, tribal or federal agency including: Social Security Administration, Veterans Affairs, or Arizona Department of Economic Security.

2. A signed form with the parents’ names, the student’s name, the school district or charter school, and the school site where the student is enrolled along with a document that has a student’s full name and residential address, or a physical description of the property where the student lives.

However, families who don’t rent but live in someone else’s home must provide more paperwork. They must give districts a notarized affidavit from an Arizona resident, who attests that the parent and the child live with the resident. The person who is housing the family must also show proof that he or she lives in the state.

Arizona law gives students who live in the state free public education and provides school districts and charter schools with funding based on how many students they enroll. Schools can’t receive state aid for students who aren’t residents.

Source: Arizona Department of Education, Arizona Residency Guidelines

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