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. Pat in IL

    I absolutely agree that the US government, not states, should determine immigration law, because immigration effects all aspects of US law. Most of the AZ "law" is already covered in US law, so the issue is in funding and enforcing the existing laws. AZ's governor should be savvy enough to know that. She just went along with the hype.

    June 18, 2010 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  2. Chipster

    It has to be a really lousy law when Gov. Brewer, herself, said publicly that she had no idea how officials would be able to enforce it. I wouldn't even think of going to Arizona because I don't carry my passport or birth certificate around with me. The law allows police to stop anyone they suspect of being in the country illegally. It violates civil rights and encroaches on federal authority over immigration/foreign affairs.

    June 18, 2010 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  3. Thomas

    I she doesn't like the FED filing a law suite then maybe Arizona should file a law suite against the FED for failing to enforce existing laws and have the courts force the FED to live up to its obligations.

    June 18, 2010 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  4. Kevin from Texas

    Let her fume. Nobody is above the law. It is the job of the Justice Dept. to review state and federal laws and bring suit when they believe such laws are unconstitutional. And for anybody on this thread who thinks they know if it is or isn't constitutional, bite your tongue. I doubt you are a constitutional lawyer. Jan Brewer will have her day in court and she will win or lose.

    June 18, 2010 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  5. Trythefacts

    It is time . . . the Obama administration needs to file the suit or shut their mouths and support the laws of the USA.

    June 18, 2010 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  6. Neil

    When you legalize prejudice you shouldn't be surprised that law-respecting people want to right the wrong.

    June 18, 2010 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  7. Jake

    She's a Clinton... you'd be a fool to believe a word she says. Lying is as natural as breathing for a Clinton.

    However, Gov. Brewer must know that someone will sue over this law... it is what we Americans do!

    Hopefully, Arizona has a staff of talented lawyers who can mount a robust and successful defense of this anti-illegal immigration law.

    June 18, 2010 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  8. Trythefacts

    How long does it take to read a ten page law . . . more facts that the Obama people are ignorant of following the laws of the USA.

    June 18, 2010 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  9. Artie

    Wouldn't be any need for litigation if the feds would enforce the standing law ! Bravo for Arizona !

    June 18, 2010 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  10. Tim

    This only shows a divided house, for Jesus said that "every kingdom divided against itself comes to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand."(Matt 12:25)

    June 18, 2010 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  11. serge

    Poor Jan Brewer. She will have to get over it.

    June 18, 2010 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  12. Steve in North Carolina

    Great! The Federal government is going to waste more taxpayer dollars prosecuting Arizona instead of enforcing immigration laws like they are supposed to.

    When is this madness going to stop?

    June 18, 2010 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  13. Ferret out the BS

    If she's concerned about a lawsuit, then she shouldn't have signed the bill into law. Obviously she has some concerns about the constutionality and the viability of the law. The U.S., Mexico,and the western region states need to do more to eliminate the root causes (Its drugs, money, and crime) of the enormous increase in illegal border crossings than trying to turn back the flow from inside the U.S. It's not just Arizona's issue.

    June 18, 2010 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  14. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Oh puleeeze Jan! If the feds decide to sue you it must mean that they think they have a case against your little state law. You took a chance when you enacted it, suck it up and take the consequences. And stop fretting, unless the postal service gave up on delivering mail in your state, you should be receiving the Court day any day now.

    Meanwhile, your time would be better spent MOISTURIZING than TRIPPIN' over being taken to court! You defended your law all over national television; now you might get a chance to defend it in court. What's the problem?! lol.

    June 18, 2010 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  15. Brent

    Why cant Arizona sue the Feds for not defending our country. We are being invaded by mexican terrorist who come here and kill innocent people just so they can enter our country illegally for their own gain. Hillary will also be a one term politition. She is just a big mouth. WHEN WILL THE IMPEACHMENT START?

    June 18, 2010 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  16. Michael

    She has every right to be furious. States' rights are being trampled on and if the federal government won't do anything about illegal immigration – beyond the token gesture of sending 1,300 national guard to the border, then the states will.

    June 18, 2010 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  17. GI Joe

    YUK - She's all mouth.

    June 18, 2010 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  18. Brent

    This also a good example of the Feds pushing states around. You dont see this happening in NH. Gov. Jan Brewer keep up the good work. You know the US is behind you. Its about time someone smacked the Feds around. They sue Arizon and you'll a protest bigger than any immigrant protest seen to date. The Feds are ticking off the American people in every aspect ever seen in the history of the United States. Lets take back America!

    June 18, 2010 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  19. Greg Pottstown PA

    I hope this law gets a chance to go forward. We need to stop supporting foreign nationals. If someone is hear trying to establish citizenship through legal channels Then let them go and make a way for them to continue doing so. If they are hear Illegally then send them packing. It is just that simple.

    June 18, 2010 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  20. JohninTampa

    Clinton is doing a good job but she was wrong to say that.. It needs to come from the Justice Dept. and "on Thursday, a Justice Department spokesperson said no final decision had been made on the matter."

    June 18, 2010 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  21. Ben in Texas

    Brewer knew the law would be challenged before the AZ legislature passed it. "Stunned and angered" is for the photo-op. "Stupid and hideous" is for life.

    June 18, 2010 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  22. Don

    Obviously, Clinton is suspecting heavy losses in November. If that's the case then she wants to keep and unpopular democrat issue alive to futher drive down the administrations sagging polling numbers. If indeed the demsocrats lose big, then Hillary wil jump ship around mid year to go after the already floundering Obama. What does not make sense is Bill campaigning so actively, unless if under closer observation the people he is campaigning for is more aligned with Hillary if she makes a run and would need their support.

    June 18, 2010 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  23. GODZILLA1

    Way to go Arizona – keep it classy!

    June 18, 2010 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  24. gt

    what do exspect from a community organizer...he needs to get our troops home and clean the gulf ,,,what a looser..

    June 18, 2010 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  25. KeithTexas

    The Legislators might have read the law before they let their xenophobic fever get in charge of their better judgment. Now it will cost the taxpayers lots of money to fix what their Representatives screwed up.

    June 18, 2010 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
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