Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer tore into President Obama on Twitter, calling him an “imperial POTUS” for failing to secure the border and allowing illegal immigrants to “overrun” the country.
“@BarackObama creates DACA by fiat & illegal aliens overrun USA. AZ will continue to fight this imperial POTUS & demand secure borders,” she said.
Her comments came after a federal appeals court ruled that Arizona cannot deny driver’s licenses to immigrants allowed to stay in the U.S. under the Obama administration’s deferred action policy, known as DACA.
“Lawless decrees by the President demonstrate animus to Congress, states and the Constitution,” the governor said in a press release Monday. “It is outrageous, though not entirely surprising, that the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has once again dealt a blow to Arizona’s ability to enforce its laws.”
“This continues us down a dangerous path in which the courts and the President — not Congress — make our nation’s laws,” she continued. “The ruling is especially disturbing given the current influx of illegal aliens, a crisis President Obama created and escalated.”
DACA was created by the Obama administration in 2012 in order to help immigrants younger than 30 who came to the U.S. illegally as children.
The appeals panel on Monday ordered a lower court judge to issue a preliminary injunction blocking Mrs. Brewer’s 2012 executive order that denied driver’s licenses and other public benefits to those immigrants in the program.
The governor said she was analyzing options for appealing the “misguided” court decision.