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
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer answers questions from the media in Phoenix.   (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

(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.

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Jun 19, 2010 3:02 PM CDT
Fire them both, they are useless.
Jun 18, 2010 9:37 PM CDT
Looks like we have got another governor that is nuts, being the former governor from Alaska isn't enought to have to content with.
Jun 18, 2010 5:12 PM CDT
It's the 1860's all over again. What rights do the states have -Vs- the rights of the Federal Government. What bothers me here is the fact that all the Arizona law does is put enforcement to the Federal Law. They in fact mimic the federal law, but put the ability to police it and enforce it. Which is what many of the border states have been asking of the federal government for years now. It really boils down to this: Is it in fact "law" if there is not enforcement? Because without enforcement any law in effect becomes null and void. So how do we distinguish between those that are "real" laws and those that are not? Anarchy Rules!