Ariz. Gov. Slams Clinton Over Immigration Suit

Brewer 'stunned' to learn of court action

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff | Suggested by Disillusioned

Posted Jun 18, 2010 4:32 AM CDT

(Newser) – Arizona's governor says she was outraged to learn through an interview Hillary Clinton gave to an Ecuadorean TV station that the Justice Department is suing the state over its new immigration law. President Obama "thinks that the federal government should be determining immigration policy," Clinton told the interviewer. "And the Justice Department, under his direction, will be bringing a lawsuit against the act.”

"This is no way to treat the people of Arizona," said Gov. Jan Brewer. "If our own government intends to sue our state to prevent illegal immigration enforcement, the least it can do is inform us before it informs the citizens of another nation." A Department of Justice spokesman says only that the department is continuing to review the law, ABC News reports. If the DOJ does plan to challenge the law, it will need to file a court challenge before it takes effect on July 27.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer answers questions from the media in Phoenix.
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer answers questions from the media in Phoenix.   (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
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To learn of this lawsuit through an Ecuadorean interview with Secretary of State is just outrageous.
- Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer

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