June 18th, 2010
07:26 AM ET
4 years ago

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
soundoff (233 Responses)
  1. Ross

    Brewer, the people who elected her, and Arizona are an embarrassment to the rest of the United States. Let's give Arizona to Mexico!!

    June 18, 2010 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  2. Hozay

    what a bunch of shmucks we have in Obamatown.....

    June 18, 2010 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  3. William A. Schaedler

    When states get sick and tired of inaction by the federal government they should take matters into their own hands and pass desired legislation. The federal government should butt out of this instance.

    June 18, 2010 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  4. Dann

    "Stunned and angered?" I can understand the anger because nobody likes to be sued; but "stunned?" Did she actually believe she could step in and replace the role of the federal government and that they would just quietly sit by and mope? I hope Arizona has a budget surplus because the cost of litigation is going to get expensive.

    June 18, 2010 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  5. usualone

    Has this governor ever had anyone prejudiced against her? Maybe if she had had this happen, she would understand why so many object to the Arizona law.

    June 18, 2010 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  6. Max

    A big WHATEVER to that.. I am "stunned and angered" by Brewer.

    June 18, 2010 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  7. Greg C.

    If the Fed Gov't would do its job and enforce immigration laws, protect our borders, etc. then Arizona wouldn't feel so inclined to in-act such measures. I'm amazed as to the lack of professionalism shown by the Administration in how it talks around rather than to the parties involved...that strikes me as spineless.

    June 18, 2010 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  8. The only Sane one on here

    So let me get this right, our US governement is going to sue a State of the United States for enforcing the current federal law. It would be hysterical if it were not true. This administration is nothing more that a bunch of CONSTITUTIONAL TERRORISTS with Barrack Hussein Obama as terrorist in chief.

    June 18, 2010 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  9. Kevin

    This is a great governor with big passion. Cheers to her!

    June 18, 2010 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  10. Michael in Orlando

    No politics on this post, I just think that if it's a Federal Immigration Policy then the laws should be set by the Federal Government.

    Forget the tripe and partisainship that I'm sure will come out on this, just look at it for what it is please.

    June 18, 2010 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  11. mike

    hey brewer if you think that the immigration law in your state that you
    enacted is not a problem then you have nothing to worry about unless
    you know something that the american people don't then look for a
    law suit of major proportions once it be comes law the lawyers will love
    it more money more money more money!!!!!!

    June 18, 2010 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  12. BDRippel

    She was "stunned and angered." Probably not as stunned as the legal ciitizens this law will racially profile!

    June 18, 2010 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  13. Joe in NJ

    Why is Clinton spouting on foreign TV what the U.S. government is going to do? What business is it of Ecuador's?

    June 18, 2010 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  14. deuce

    I don't see why. Seeing as how the Arizona law could potentially violate the 4th Amendment of the Constitution, I would think she would have expected legal issues with it. Unless, of course, she thinks AZ is above Federal Law?

    June 18, 2010 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  15. Chris (IL)

    I think a lawsuit should be filed. I'm white and I find the legislation to be extremely racist. It was just another example of how government is overstepping its bounds by affecting the lives of millions of Americans. Did anyone see the signing of the bill? Not a single person of Hispanic origin was present behind her to witness it. To my fellow whites... There will come a time when we are outnumbered by African-Americans, Hispanics, Asians, mixed races, and other minorities collectively. Becoming more diverse is a good thing. Don't stand on the wrong side of history because of your arrogant WASP-dogma and pride. Racism is an old issue and deserves no place in the 21st Century.

    June 18, 2010 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  16. jp,michigan

    In 1848,a man said: " Any people, anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable and sacred right - a right which we hope and believe is to liberate the world. Nor is this right confined to cases in which the whole people of an existing government may choose to exercise it. Any portion of such people that can, may revolutionize, and make their own, of so many of the territory as they inhabit." Was this man some kind of troublemaker? You be the judge. His name was Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States. Thirteen years before he took office, "HONEST ABE". Of the people for the people!

    June 18, 2010 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  17. Lynn

    Being an Arkansan I've supported Hillary Clinton, but not on this one. In other words she's telling the Ecuadorean people they have every right to illegally enter the U.S. and one of our own States, AZ, is wrong in keeping them out. Outrageous Hillary.

    June 18, 2010 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  18. larry

    now she will get more air time on fox.....she'll get over it.

    June 18, 2010 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  19. dblzap

    2 bit conservative vote grubbing wench could care less about immigration

    Perhaps the voters of Arizona should deport her to political obscurity where ALL hypocrite conservatives should be!

    June 18, 2010 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  20. notabushwhacker

    hillary is a pig with no place to turn. her turn as first lady was when she was allowed to run her fat mouth uncensored. now it is time to call the pig home and fire her dumb ass. what an incompetent piece of shit. when will the loser/fraud in the white house show some leadership? I know, it will be after all the p.c.checks are crossed off. impeach him, fire her.

    June 18, 2010 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  21. Mike

    Great job, Hillary! I'm starting to think this governor is just another Sarah Palin.

    June 18, 2010 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  22. Riley

    Illegals go HOME and wait in line to enter our great nation.

    SHAME ON OBAMA and CLINTON for being on the wrong side of this important issue.

    June 18, 2010 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  23. Bob in SC

    She's only using this "anger" to get her face (ugh!) in front of the cameras. The law needs to be struck down!

    June 18, 2010 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  24. shawn

    That governor is a disgusting person. I will never EVER travel to Arizona - the Hate State.

    June 18, 2010 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  25. Jack

    The governor needs to calm down and realize that she is dealing with morons when it comes to anyone in the current administration or Congress....

    June 18, 2010 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
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