By The Associated Press

Some Christian activists around Arizona have delivered a petition to Gov. Jan Brewer's office, seeking a retraction of her executive order to bar public benefits for illegal immigrants.

On Aug. 15, Brewer ordered state agencies to deny driver's licenses and other public benefits to young illegal immigrants who obtain work authorizations under a new Obama administration policy.

Brewer said she was reaffirming the intent of current Arizona law denying taxpayer-funded public benefits and state identification to illegal immigrants.

The faith leaders say they gathered nearly 7,000 signatures from Christians across the country opposed to Brewer's executive order.

They delivered the petition to the governor's office on Thursday afternoon, but there was no immediate response from Brewer or her staff.