Governor Jan Brewer Says Obama's Immigration Speech Was "Helpless"
Governor Jan Brewer released this ad last week urging President Obama to do his job and secure the US border with Mexico.
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer told reporters on Thursday that Barack Obama’s immigration reform speech offered no solutions to the problem. Brewer called it a “helpless speech.”
KTAR reported, via Free Republic:
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer says President Barack Obama’s speech on immigration reform provided no answers to the problem.
“What a helpless speech,” Brewer told News/Talk 92.3 KTAR by phone from Sedona, where she had a speaking engagement Thursday.
“Where’s the action?” Brewer asked. “He described perfectly my opinion of the complete failure of the federal government, something that has been failing the people of America for a decade or more.”
She added, “The bottom line is that we are a nation of laws and they have to be complied with. And, if they are not, we will fall. We have chaos in Mexico, and we are beginning to experience the same kind of chaos in Arizona.”
She said, “The system is broken, the border is broken. We all know what we need… People in Arizona have made it very, very clear. Let’s talk about the problem that is at hand. Let’s secure the border.”
The Arizona governor, a Republican, met with Obama at the White House last month after she signed a tough immigration enforcement law, which requires police enforcing other laws to clarify a person’s immigration status if there’s reason to believe that person is in the U.S. illegally. The law, which goes into effect July 29, is being challenged in court and the Justice Department is reviewing it to decide if the feds will join the challenges.
Brewer said said if Obama “is going to leave it up to the states to do what the feds should be doing, then maybe that’s what’s going to have to take place. First things must come first and that is securing our border, all the way from California through Texas.”
Brewer said she would appreciate a little respect from the President by having him come to Arizona “to look at our border and see what we are putting up with on a daily basis.”
21 people were killed today in a massive shootout just 21 miles from the Arizona border in Mexico.