Protesters rally against Gov. Brewer's executive order

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- The incendiary issue of immigration is once again igniting fireworks in Arizona.

Thursday morning a couple of dozen protesters rallied at the state capital, blasting Governor Jan Brewer and the executive order that was issued by the Governor Wednesday.

In the executive order, Brewer reminds state agencies that it is against Arizona law to give drivers' licenses and government benefits to people who are in this country illegally.

Brewer's public announcement of the order came on the same day that a new federal program went into effect. 

That federal program offers tens of thousands of young people, under the age of 30 and who were brought to this country as children, the opportunity to stay in the U.S. and work for up to two years.

Protesters at the capital Thursday, all supporters of the "Dream Act," accused Brewer of "grandstanding"and "demagoguery" on the day of the new federal program's implementation.

But Brewer's spokesman Matthew Benson rejected the charge, saying that it was the protesters and Democratic state lawmakers who were grandstanding with their protests and rallies.

Benson also said that if the Democratic lawmakers want young documented people in Arizona to have drivers' licenses they should introduce legislation to allow that. 

"Governor Brewer would welcome that debate," Benson said.