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
soundoff (233 Responses)
  1. David

    I am concerned when the federal government is more focused on suing states then they are in enforcing the laws of the land. Maybe some day we will elect a president with courage.

    June 18, 2010 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  2. ST

    This woman has a bad heart like her face. How will she feel if she was treated this way! It is beyond my beliefs!

    June 18, 2010 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  3. Garry

    Let her fume...I agree there definetly needs to be something done about illegal immigrants, but the Gov has gone bonkers with her laws.
    The loss of business for the state should tell her how most Americans feel about what she has done and I agree that the Federal Government should ste the laws..

    June 18, 2010 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  4. Jim El Paso Tx

    Clinton was way out of line with her comments! Typical response from a Dem CATERING to the Latino voters. It's enough to make you gag the way they PANDER to that group instead of standing up for the rights of LEGAL immigrants.

    June 18, 2010 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  5. Karl in Charleston,SC

    Is this part of Obama's apology tour?

    June 18, 2010 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  6. sim

    If the Obama administration brings suit against the state of AZ and its new immigration law, the president will have lost my support and my vote. The Dems are mistaken if they think members of the party are universally against this law. I support it.

    June 18, 2010 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  7. Bill

    Let Brewer fume. Maybe she'll catch on fire and burn up.

    June 18, 2010 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  8. lovable liberal

    Brewer is "stunned and angered" for the press release – or she's a hypersensitive whiner. She had to see this as a likelihood; President Obama's administration has been talking about it for weeks.

    June 18, 2010 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  9. Bill

    I was thinking of moving to Arizona. I talked to a real estate agent and got the Brewer-style white supremecy treatment. No way I would EVER live in Arizona.

    June 18, 2010 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  10. mrrationalhbg

    Now she knows how everyone else in this country feels about her law.

    June 18, 2010 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  11. JosieD

    A lawsuit SHOULD be filed. It's discrimination- plain & simple. Anyone who doesn't see it that way has never faced discrimination based upon their nationality so therefore cannot comprehend the law's impact. Arizona legislatures should be ASHAMED of their decisions. There are better ways to handle immigration, discrimination is unacceptable.

    June 18, 2010 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  12. Really

    This is deplorable. Clinton should be fired for the statement. Once again, Pres. Obama is not being very presidential. For the first time in my adult life I have very disappointed in my country.

    June 18, 2010 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  13. eM

    This goes to show what I believe many think – the people runnng the United States of America don't give a damn about the United States of America. Here is a state trying to keep illegals out – plain and simple and yet the US Gov. wants to punish the state for doing what should be done by the US Gov. anyway. Every other country has much, much stricter laws and they are praised but not our own country. What a slap in the face.

    June 18, 2010 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  14. Beachlover

    I think the government should worry about it's own problems and let each state run their way. Vermont isn't going to have the same problems that Arizona has or vice versa. It's not like the Federal Gov't. is doing a stellar job, as a matter of fact, it stinks.

    June 18, 2010 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  15. Rick McDaniel

    Obama should be impeached for failure to stop the illegal immigration.

    June 18, 2010 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  16. Chris

    GO GOV. BREWER!!!!!!

    Remember Gov. Brewer, the majority of the ENTIRE nation is behind you 100%.

    June 18, 2010 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  17. Rikitix

    Yeah right! This is the first time she heared it? Show how out of touch this governor is. Pathetic!

    June 18, 2010 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  18. Liz the First

    When you do something so egregious and anti-American as this governor has done, signing this Gestapo-type law, you need to be prepared for decent people and a free country to challenge it. I'm praying they do sue and overturn this atrocity. Yes, we need to deal with the immigration issue, but not by sinking to the level of Nazi Germany! I wonder if Frau Governor is sending all her cops to dialect coaches so they can utter 'verr are your papersss?' with the proper chilling inflection we're all so familiar with from the WWII movies.

    June 18, 2010 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  19. t22

    First of all, Clinton is the Sec of State. Maybe she ought to be worried about repairing the damage Obama has already done and continues to do to our relationships with historical allies. Second, the feds can't sue, federal law requires what the AZ law requires and CA's for example is even more restrictive. It's bad enough this administration can't maintain relations with foreign countries and has gone after one private enterprise after another, now they're going after states too.

    June 18, 2010 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  20. Daniel

    Did she really not expect this coming???

    June 18, 2010 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  21. Enrique

    Jan Brewer is once again demostrating her lack of any intelligence. She has known that the DOJ would be taking action against this hateful and discriminatory law. You know who is "stunned and angered" Jan? Those of us who are legal and or citizens and who object to being profiled.

    June 18, 2010 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  22. Jack

    Very simple Gov. Brewer: State laws do not supersede Federal law. States are not countries, even if they may think they are. We live under the law of the Constitution. Segregation, of any sort, is illegal. States can't just decide who can or cannot come to the United States of America.

    June 18, 2010 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  23. Tom

    Muzzle Hillary. Reward Brewer.

    June 18, 2010 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  24. Moderate

    So, they want to file law suits about healthcare, why can't the US gov. file a law suit against them? If we all worked as a nation these problems wouldn't exist. The villifing of the Democrates by the Republicans has created a them vs us senorio. That has spereated this nation.

    One day people will wake up and say to themselves, were just hurting us and hopefully this will stop

    June 18, 2010 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  25. Bill O really

    I say anyone who is not a full blooded American Native should leave the USA. After all they are the only true Americans. I forgot, they were all massacred by the white folks.

    June 18, 2010 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
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