June 1st, 2010
08:30 PM ET
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Arizona Gov. to Obama: We'll see you in court

(CNN) - Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer made clear Tuesday she's not worried about a potential legal challenge from the Obama administration over her state's controversial immigration law.

"We'll meet you in court," Brewer told CNN's John King when asked how she would respond if President Barack Obama's justice department decided to challenge the law. "I have a pretty good record of winning in court."

The American Civil Liberties Union is currently leading a court challenge and Attorney Gen. Eric Holder, who met with a delegation of police chiefs from Arizona and elsewhere this week to discuss the law, has not indicated whether the federal government would file a legal challenge.

Obama, who himself has called the law "misguided," will meet with Brewer at the White House on Thursday, a White House official told CNN's Ed Henry. It will be the first time the two meet one-on-one since Brewer approved the law in April.

But Brewer strongly defended the law on CNN's John King, USA, saying she would not suspend it even if Obama sharply increased the number of U.S. troops at the Mexican border.

"I think what we've done is mirrored a federal law," she said. "The people of Arizona, certainly people throughout America agree that it is the right thing to do. We've been down this path before with securing our borders in Arizona. And nothing was finished."

"So we need to move forward," Brewer added. "You know, it's trespassing when you cross the border into Arizona into the United States. It's trespassing. We need our borders secured."

The new immigration law, implemented last month, allows police officers to check the residency status of anyone who is being investigated for a crime or possible legal infraction if there is reasonable suspicion the person is an illegal resident. Critics, including Holder, have said the law will promote racial profiling.

But Brewer said Tuesday the law does not target an individual's specific race.  She also made clear driver's licenses are not sufficient to prove citizenship.

"It wouldn't matter if you are Latino or Hispanic or Norwegian," she said. If you didn't have proof of citizenship and the police officer had reasonable suspicion, he would ask and verify your citizenship. I mean, that's the way that it is. That's what the federal law says. And that's what the law in Arizona says."

The Arizona governor also said the White House has not adequately communicated with her about Obama's recently announced plan to dispatch 1,200 National Guard troops to the border.

"I'm sitting here with no good information. It would be very helpful, I might say, if somebody would give me something in writing telling me what they're sending to Arizona, how will it be distributed?" she said.

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  1. TruPatriot

    Wow, what an unabashed racist. How ugly it is. Who carries proof of citizenship on them? They can just take your son or daughter when they are walking to school or playing at the park. Who makes their child carry proof of citizenship on them?

    June 1, 2010 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  2. dan

    obama have let the democrats down,by not having a public option in the health-care bill really hurt the base,by not passing immigration reform in sending 30.000 more troops to war really hurt his base,the dems have nothig to take back to their districts.it all on obama

    June 1, 2010 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  3. Ovomit could not run a 1 car funeral procession

    Brewer should be POTUS , at least she does something to uphold existing laws and does not bow down to opposition or political correctness.

    June 1, 2010 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  4. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    Be careful what you wish for you moron! While I am sure the majority of Arizonans are happy about racial profiling, and also support spending their tax dollars defending this attack on individuals constitutional rights, this will be a sure loser for the Governor and the the neo nazi (Pearce) who wrote the legislation.

    June 1, 2010 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  5. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    Look out Heidi Klume. You could be racially profiled in AZ. I wonder how many white haired people from the midwest are not citizens of Arizona.

    June 1, 2010 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  6. Robin in Tampa, FL

    Have Brewer appear on Daily Show for a real grilling on her position. CNN is all about tabloid news now.

    June 1, 2010 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  7. Jaison Biagini

    wait, if a drivers license isn't enough, what is? that's all the ID i ever carry. guess i better not visit AZ. i may get deported to italy even though i've never been there before.

    June 1, 2010 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  8. Justin

    So if the drivers license doesn't provide enough proof, how does a U. S. citizen of Norweigan decent prove they are here legally? What about 5th generation Hispanic Americans?? You can speak perfect english, have blond hair, blue eyes, and white skin and still be in the U.S.A. illegally. What documents do I need to carry with me as a white man married to a black woman if we go to Arizona?? My son is tan and may be mistaken for an illegal alien.....

    June 1, 2010 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |

    She'll be eatin crow in a year!

    June 1, 2010 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  10. John

    It is about time more action be taken to root out the illegals in this country. The federal government has failed so I wish Arizona and its good citizens every success!

    June 1, 2010 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  11. Up Against the Wall

    Perhaps Arizona should imbed the identity computer chips in all AZ residents, isn't this the next logical step for Brewer to 'keep order'?

    Saying a driver's license alone is not proof of citizenship would make AZ different than any other state when it comes to what 'identity papers' have to be carried while walking the streets..........will all people in AZ resident or visitor now have to carry PASSPORTS?

    Such on street checking of 'identity papers' smacks of the European governments we fought against 65 years ago, and is a disgrace to our freedom. Brewer should be ashamed for these actions.

    June 1, 2010 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  12. leaning right....

    there is no way this is going to court! this is the definition of political grand standing and they know it. she is calling your bluff, this administration would get wrecked in discovery, it will not happen..... lol too funny

    June 1, 2010 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  13. deeder32

    I support Arizona's law completely! It is no different than the Federal law so how can the Federal government consider it "unconstitutional"?

    I do have one question, though. If a driver's license isn't sufficient proof of citizenship, what is? I'm 100% a legal American, but I have no documentation other than my drivers license and social security card to prove it if I get pulled over.
    Does anyone know where I can find the answer to that?

    June 1, 2010 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  14. SA

    Good for the govenor to speak out for the law. As many are starting to actually read the law, the more that are jumping on board to support. We need our country back into the hands of the citizens!

    June 1, 2010 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    The problem with this law doesn't rest solely in racial profiling. That has been done and will likely continue to be done regardless of laws. The problem is that, like Brewer stated, a driver's license is not proof of citizenship. How many people carry their birth certificate or passport with them? To force that issue then takes us down the road toward a national ID and ask most supporters of this law whether they support that. They generally don't.

    June 1, 2010 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    Quick check of hands...

    How many people carry their birth certificate or passport on them all the time? How would you prove that you're a citizen?

    June 1, 2010 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  17. Marie MD

    brewer, another repugnant witch. Where was she when the shrub was in power?
    For somebody who didn't know what a racist profile was a few weeks ago I guess she now knows. Somehow I don't see any Norwegians being pulled over and asked about their papers because they don't look "different" than what they are really looking for . . . . Mexicans (even though with all that plastic surgery she probably doesn't recognize herself in the mirror).
    Go after those who are hiring the illegals if you want to send them packing.

    June 1, 2010 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  18. Tony

    Obama is the most inept president in US history.

    Many of my friends voted for him, and are greatly disappointed. At least, I was smart enough to vote for McCain.

    June 1, 2010 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  19. Obama the liar

    All this is, is Obama 'acting stupidly'. He knows that Arizona's law is less stringent than Federal law, but he is starting to get desperate for votes in (hurry) November.

    June 1, 2010 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  20. tony

    Federal laws always win. It is called the Supremacy clause. See the United States Constitution, Article VI, Clause 2.

    June 1, 2010 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  21. DENNA

    If Governor Brewer were really sincere, she would go after the businesses who hire these people. The people crossing the border just want to feed their families, that's all. If the jobs weren't there, then they would stop coming. End of problem. In fact, if these jobs exist, why not force the companies to advertise them so that American citizens could actually apply for them? You will never solve your problem if you don't go after the root cause – the businesses that provide the jobs.

    June 1, 2010 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  22. The reality is...

    The Arizona law is marvelous and most of the legal citizens of this country support it's implementation. The Obama administration would be wise to not mess with this one.

    June 1, 2010 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  23. New Age Independant

    I applaud the stance taken by Arizona! For years, administrations by both Democrats and Republicans have failed to perform their sworn duty to uphold the law. It's quite clear that the objective of Obama and liberals is to try to manufacturer votes by any means possible while ignoring Federal law. It's shameful and all Americans should be embarrassed.

    June 1, 2010 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  24. Gil

    I think the Constitution will prove to the gov. of Arizona what a poor path she and her state have taken. We cancelled a trip to visit my aunt in Sun City because of you!

    June 1, 2010 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |

    Obama can't wins against brwer governor she is clear than obama

    June 1, 2010 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
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