Protesters are marching on the state capital in Arizona after Gov. Jan Brewer issued an executive order blocking illegal immigrants from getting driver's licenses under President Obama’s new deferred action program. The program which took effect on Wednesday has brought young illegal immigrants out in droves in order to receive their documents to apply for the new program. The program is limited to immigrants under 30 who satisfy certain criteria, and it lets them avoid deportation for two years.
Recipients of the program can obtain temporary documents like driver's licenses and work permits which are benefits that Governor Brewer says should not be available to those living in the country illegally.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona, who has been outspoken against illegal immigration, tells Soledad on "Starting Point" this morning that he's "going to enforce the state laws. I took an oath of office.” Sheriff Arpaio is also a major supporter of Governor Jan Brewer's policies and weighs in her executive order to not provide any undocumented work, work amnesty, a drivers license and any kind of government assistance to young illegal immigrants in Arizona.
"It's sad bringing politics into this, but it is politics," Sheriff Arpaio says. "I know some Latinos don't like what I'm doing. But you have to do what you took an oath of office to do and I'm going to do it."
"The bottom line is they want amnesty...this administration wants amnesty," he adds.