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Illegal immigrants protest Jan Brewer's executive order at Arizona Capitol

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Posted: Thursday, August 16, 2012 5:18 pm

Upset with Arizona Governor Jan Brewer's executive order to deny benefits to illegal immigrants approved to work under the president's new program, dozens of protesters went to her office demanding answers Thursday.

Many of the protesters claimed they were undocumented citizens, brought to the country as babies and children by their undocumented parents.

The group was screened through capitol security and waited patiently for the governor to greet them. A spokesman for Governor Brewer came out and talked to the crowd instead.

He informed them that Brewer was not available and repeated her stance on President Barack Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

The protesters said they were disappointed the governor would not talk to them directly.

Young illegal immigrants around the nation on Wednesday began the process of applying for federal work permits under the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

The federal policy defers deportations for that group if they meet certain criteria, including arrival in the United States before they turned 16 and no convictions for certain crimes.

After President Barack Obama announced the policy change in June, Brewer labeled it "backdoor amnesty" and political pandering by the Democratic president. The day Obama's Deferred Action program went into effect, Brewer ordered state agencies to deny driver's licenses and other public benefits to young illegal immigrants who qualify.

The young immigrants told ABC15, they want to work and contribute to society like every legal citizen.

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