June 18th, 2010
07:26 AM ET
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Arizona governor fumes over Clinton remark

Gov. Jan Brewer is upset over Secretary Clinton's statement that the U.S. Justice Dept. plans to file a lawsuit against Arizona's new immigration law. The Justice Dept. later said no decision has been made.
Gov. Jan Brewer is upset over Secretary Clinton's statement that the U.S. Justice Dept. plans to file a lawsuit against Arizona's new immigration law. The Justice Dept. later said no decision has been made.

(CNN) - Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer is fuming over a comment by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to an Ecuadorean television station that the government will file a lawsuit against Arizona's new immigration law.

In a statement Thursday, Brewer said she learned of plans for the lawsuit from the June 8 interview Clinton gave to NTN24.

According to a transcript of the interview, Clinton said that President Barack Obama had spoken out against the law because he believes the federal government should set immigration policy.

"And the Justice Department, under his direction, will be bringing a lawsuit against the act," Clinton said in the interview.

On Thursday, a Justice Department spokesperson said no final decision had been made on the matter.

"The department continues to review the law," said the spokesperson, Tracy Schmaler.

Brewer's statement said she was "stunned and angered" by Clinton's statement that a lawsuit would be filed.

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soundoff (233 Responses)
  1. Vern in Cleveland

    I've noticed that people who lean toward fascism, like the Arizona Governor, aren't very happy with criticisms.

    June 18, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  2. gg

    boy she has a lot of hate in her blood

    June 18, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  3. BestProfitCompany = WAR

    She is stunned that a lawsuit is going to get filed?!? Duh, there are many lawsuits filed already for this law. Someone should tell her to stop living under a rock.

    June 18, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  4. monica

    Brewer has to get over herself! If it is illegal what they did in Arizona then the president shall bring suit against the state of Arizona, if it isn't then Arizona's policy will stand until the government gets their act together to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill. That is really what the country needs.

    June 18, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  5. rs

    One must cut the Governor some slack. She only graduated high school, and was plucked from the relative obscurity of being the Secretary of State for AZ. She is old, ill-educated, and politically niave-she is clearly in over her head and hasn't a clue about the balance of Federal and State governmental interactions.

    June 18, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  6. Brad

    If you don't want a lawsuit, how about not passing bad legislation... what an amazing idea.

    June 18, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  7. Tom

    It is the Feds that need to be brought to court and Obama impeached for failing to enforce the immigration law and protecting our borders. States need to stand up to this incompetent administration.

    June 18, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  8. Contempt for Corpublicans

    You Ask for it!!! Typical GOP double speak.
    One week after you signed that unconstitutional POC the Attorney General warned you that what you were doing might have legal consequences and urged you to modify or repeal the law.

    And your reply was " I'll see you in court". You said it smiling and rather flippantly. You got what you ask for so deal with it.

    No doubt that immigration needs an overhaul but when times were fat Arizonians had no problem taking advantage of cheap illegal labor. Now that times are tough your wining about the mess you started.

    June 18, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
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