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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Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Immigration • Jan Brewer
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  1. Albo58

    Hillary is just one of the many clowns in our President's 3-ring circus of inept misfits! How dare she discuss American internal issues while making a fool of herself in a foreign country! And perhaps she should take note that the majority opinion of our country is contrary to that of her's and this charlatan President's!

    June 17, 2010 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  2. Yonas Seyoum

    i am an immigrant with clean paper works. but i am afraid to travel to Arizona. i had a flight a month ago that had a hour delay at the airport and i was notified my flight wouldn't fly for another 24 hours and i was worried to leave my hotel and go out to visit the city because i was worried i was going to be pulled and harassed by authorities . Arizona is surely a scary place. and i think more state will follow the foot steps of arizona , i hope Washington state wont!

    June 17, 2010 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  3. Jane

    'SO sick of this double standard. I had to produce "paper's" as a military airman in every foreign country I was stationed in. Had to produce a passport at every hotel I stayed at in europe and produced an identification card everytime I was on a military installation. There is NOTHING wrong with having to prove what country you are from or your status or why the heck you are there.
    I am glad to see someone has stones in this country to stand up for Americans and those who are here legal, pay their taxes, etc. I am the proud daughter of a canadian parentage who had green cards, and had to study hard for their immigration tests and took their oath to be an american citizen to heart. I cannot be prouder of my parents who took the "right" way to become citizens and raised me with the ethics they had. No excuses doesn't matter what border you cross or what county you are from–laws are laws and they should be enforced< PERIOD.

    June 17, 2010 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  4. MAD MAX FOR THE THRUTH!

    Just more JUNGLEa talk of OBAMA"s coming out of HILLARY's mouth that shows just what his intentions are. He desires to flood this nation with all the illegals he can before 2012. So he can give them amnesty then make citizens out of them for their vote. This is not hard to see of an ILLEGAL like he is, doing. He doesn't care what happens to America. He is here to destroy us Americans and I can not believe the people can not see this. We have way ward off the many Bin Laden's people in America right now. If they decide to attack with the illegals help we are done for. We couldn't even get enough troops back from overseas to protect the homeland.

    June 17, 2010 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  5. Ann

    Hillary, think twice before defending Obama's intentions, please. Arizona is doing the right thing. Illegal means illegal.

    June 17, 2010 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  6. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The Arizona governor can't be total surprised at this. I don't think that there would be a federal court that would allow any state to have a seperate immigration policy from the federal government. For her to be angry over this is a mixed bag; if she is angry and taking this personally, then she is in the wrong line of work. To take seriously what Clinton said over this on Ecuadorean television is really surprising and shows that she understands little of what is really going on with immigration policy.

    June 17, 2010 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  7. Jerome

    Brewer is "stunned and angered" by the possibility of a lawsuit. Didn't she herself say "See you in court." to the administration before? Actually I was a bit stunned after looking at her photo above. That's what the dry, hot, sunny climate of AZ does to you?

    June 17, 2010 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  8. Steve D

    Hillary Clinton needs to keep her mouth shut about internal United States justice matters. As Secretary of State, she has absolutely nothing to do with the Justice Department.. She should also learn you don't air your "dirty laundry" to foreign entities, especially when they deal with internal U.S. matters.

    June 17, 2010 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  9. The reality is...

    what? an Ecuadorean t.v. station? She must have been afraid of the reality that saying it here in the U.S. would guarantee the Democrats would be out of office ASAP. Doesn't she remember how her husband used to check the polls to find out what the popular thing to do was? Over 70% of the "legal" citizens in this country agree with the governor of AZ.

    June 17, 2010 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  10. "Duh "

    About like clunton, wanting to sue over somebody upholding the law. These socialistic idiots in washington can't seem to comprehend that the law is the law. Arizona tell these morons in office to kiss off, Keep up the good work.

    June 17, 2010 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  11. Aaron

    Apparently, Hillary wanted 100% support for her lawsuit, so, instead of doing the right thing and bringing it up in the country that she supposedly represents, she did it in a country that sends alot of people to live in the U.S.

    June 17, 2010 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  12. raingirl2

    this congress is pond scum if Obama thinks the federal government should set policy then he should have enforce immigration laws on the books the second he became president this congress is stupid this I have known for some years but at this time in our history another amnesty equals a civil war. go for it this country will not accept any form of amnesty and for all of you Harvard grads you look pretty stupid to me a blind man can see what the Mexican government thinks of this country and it's rule of law and it's people.. this country is not Mexico and will never be this country is the UNITED states of America always welcoming to people who follow the rules this is not Calderon's Mexico. In addition to no amnesty we should stop sending tax payers money to the drug cartels because we know they rule Mexico are you all brain dead in congress for sure this president Secretary of state and the rest of the dopes are. It's too bad this country has come this far to fall to the ignorance of a hand full of political hacks.

    June 17, 2010 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  13. Augsbee

    Arizona took action because they were tired of waiting and it just wasn't happening. Arizona is doing something about illegal aliens in our country. Arizona is still waiting for the promised 1200 National Guard troops to arrive to provide additional security to the U.S. Arizona/Mexican border.

    June 17, 2010 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  14. Joseph B

    Wow – these politicians look a lot differently outside of the made-up photo-ops....

    June 17, 2010 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  15. Ben

    Gov. Brewer was on Foxs News bragging about waiting by the phone to hear from the President. Well... she got her answer. The Fedral Gov't will not relingish power to the state on Immigration.
    P.S. Gov. Brewer you might want to stay out of the sun. It will crack you face, just like Obama just did! See ya!!!!!!

    June 18, 2010 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  16. TOTUS FOR PRESIDENT

    Obama is on a war footing – against the states and their citizens. Stand up against this socialist thus, America!!

    June 18, 2010 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  17. Texas

    We are in full support of the Arizona law at the state level that simply is the law already on the books for the nation. The problem is Obama and the Dems don't want to acknowledge the legal federal law of the land and enforce it. They are creating their own law as though immigration reform had already been passed. As usual the majority of the American people are not in favor of yet another Obama/liberal policy. They want to come here because we are the land of the free – but that is headed out the door with Obama. It should be Obama and his thuggish czars who get thrown out!

    June 18, 2010 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  18. Marge

    And the country is "stunned and angry" at the law as it was written in the first place. SO NOW brewer we are even.

    June 18, 2010 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  19. A.B.

    The fact that Jan Brewer is outraged by a pending federal lawsuit is absurd. What did she really expect the federal government to do? The Arizona immigration law is unconstitutional and trespasses upon an matter over which the federal government has sole jurisdiction and authority. The federal government has exclusive constitutional authority to set and enforce immigration policy and law. Arizona has no such right. Brewer knew that the Arizona law is unconstitutional and is merely grandstanding, pandering before the voting public. When the federal courts settle this matter, Brewer will look like a fool who wasted tax payer's money needlessly and exposed the state to public ridicule nationwide and worldwide.

    June 18, 2010 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  20. AmFem

    Why is she surprised? There has been speculation, and talk, of a lawsuit since before this inhumane law was inacted. In fact, didn't she make some kind of stupid remark back then, (ala George Bush)... "Bring it on!" Hopefully, we will bring it on.

    June 18, 2010 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  21. Michael

    Arrogance does not go over well with the American people. Look at what it did for Bush. This woman is so full of herself. Would she be taking this stance if it wrere a republican that made these comments? I doubt it. Maybe Arizone should cede from the US and become it's own country. That way whenever they leave their "country", they will be illegal alians in the US.

    June 18, 2010 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  22. George

    If Gov. Brewer is so sure of the legality and constitutionality of the Arizona law, she has nothing to worry about. I'm sure the right wing leaning Supreme Court will go along with her plan to legally discriminate against the Spanish speaking people who live in Arizona. Just because Secretary Clinton had the nerve to say what she felt, the governor is going to rant and rave, like a spoiled child? Dry up, Brewer.

    June 18, 2010 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  23. Donkey Party

    You make your bed, you get to sleep in it.

    June 18, 2010 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  24. Shucks

    fuming? outrage? very descriptive aren't they. Where was all the fuming and outrage and disbelief and mortification and I could go on and on. The theatrics of the republican party make me want to vomit.

    June 18, 2010 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  25. charlie from the North

    Secretary Clinton stated a fact, rather diplomatically at that. Now if she had said what she really thought about this law there probably would be some insulting language involved but then again she is the top diplomat so it kind of makes sense she wouldn't go too far. As far as apologies go it is Arizona who owes the rest of us an apology.

    June 18, 2010 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
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