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. Beachbum3

    I personaly fail to see why or how this tempoary governor of this state should get to have the powers to be able to set the immgration policys for this particular state an thus trying to influenece the public policy for an entire nation. i relize that things have been turned back to the state rights issues. but in my personal opinion this effort of her should not be allowed to stand for a whole nation an i agreee with hillary there should be a federal lawsuite file to coral her actions on the state level in favor of federal legistion thank you

    June 18, 2010 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  2. Don of Iowa

    This woman with her vile foul bigoted attitude and extremely ugly disposition could be a great stand in for the Wicked Witch of the West, don't ya think?

    June 18, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  3. yanni

    I hate it when CNN uses pictures attached to articles to influence opinions. When they want to make someone's opinion or view seem ridiculous or wrong that use an unflattering picture of the person. When they want to support what the person is saying they use a great picture. How manipulative. That's yellow journalism at its worst.

    June 18, 2010 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  4. CathyInAZ

    i don't know why the Gov. is "stunned & angered" since it's been common knowledge since SB1070 passed this could be the Federal response. Setting policy should be done at the federal level and since NEITHER SIDE OF THE AISLE wants to play nice together, nothing will be done to correct the problem at the border. I live in AZ and SB1070 WILL DO NOTHING to address this issue.

    June 18, 2010 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  5. Adam

    The US government has NO business filing lawsuits against Arizona. Arizona is just trying to take up the slack where the federal government is failing. If the Feds were doing thier job then Arizona wouldn't have to do things like this... Clinton should shut up and do her job.

    June 18, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  6. Bertina

    Shut up Brewer.

    June 18, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  7. Kat Mat

    So What! No one would have known she said it if the mouthy washout hadn't made a big deal about it. Do you watch Equador TV?

    June 18, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  8. Blaum

    nice..... not even letting Arizona know before announcing it to another nation.....

    you stay classy, Hillary......

    June 18, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  9. Karen

    The federal government will not enforce immigration reform......we desperately need it. Out states can no longer afford to pay the way for the illegals. Illegal is the key word; if they come here legally and become taxpaying, working citizens, good for them.

    June 18, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  10. Noocrat

    As Arizona's legislature has demonstrated itself incapable of writing decent laws in our decent society, they will end up forfeiting the right to the federal government in this instance.

    Illegal immigrants would not come were they not being employed by corrupt business owners. Make the penalties on the businesses harsher and inspect them more frequently. This takes out any risk of profiling innoncent American citizens. The supply will only diminish when the demand is removed.

    June 18, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  11. Sniffit

    CRY MORE! It's pre-empted...so suck it up and get your big girl pants on.

    June 18, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  12. Anonymous

    Brewer is an idiot and should be impeached for abuse of power!

    June 18, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  13. dee

    Good for Hillary and Good for the DOJ. It is about time someone put their foot down against this racial profiling bill.

    June 18, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  14. name

    President Obama filing a lawsuit to counter Arizona's new law is nothing new. I learned of this several weeks ago on CNN.com.

    What does Jan Brewer have to be upset about? She seems like a grumpy old woman. Sorry, but I don't feel getting angry here is really necessary. Either the law works, or it doesn't. That should be the relevant issue and topic of conversation.

    June 18, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  15. rachel

    Go ahead fume. I sympathize with wanting to keep the border states safe but when states start making their own laws in regards to things like this I can't help but remember about 50 years ago I would have been subjected to the jim crow laws in the states down south and not up north.

    June 18, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  16. Rabbi David

    You know as somebody who has waited twice for 3 years total to import relatives into this country legally-waited my turn like everybody else, I am disgusted at how immigaration laws are not enforced.You have wife swap on television,why can't I swap my passport for somebody's in Denmark or Sweden and leave this nightmare of an empire in collapse.
    The border is so open Ben Laden is probably sitting underground in North Dakota eating peanut butter on a cracker.Your not going to deport millions of people and make them wait like American citizens have to for immigration benefits.So you do discriminate against your own citizenry regardless of race or creed by virtue of your laws and the LACK of enforcement.
    One of many reasons winds of change are swelling everywhere-not just flyover country.....

    June 18, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  17. DKasell

    Jan Brewer is angry? Americans should be angry at Brewer and Arizona. This country fought WWII over this type of fascistic policy. The "Papers Please" law is offensive to our basic concepts of justice– as in- "innocent until proven guilty"

    June 18, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  18. Nick

    This lady looks mad as a dog. Everone faces the consequences f their actions.

    June 18, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  19. WVLADY62

    Governor Brewer, please remember, you are dealing with a bleeding heart, liberal, DemocRAT! They believe that every illegal alien should be made a citizen even though they only come to America to rape, plunder and pillage Her!!!! These bleeders don't have to live where these over-popiulating, thieving, thugs live. All they know is that they want to have them all made legal so that the DemocRATS can rule the White House forever! If ONE of them had to live where these mexicans are destroying everything in their paths, they would sing a different song. And, I would bet my life that what they are saying in public is NOT what they are saying in private about these mexicans.

    June 18, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  20. Seth

    This administration NEVER speaks with one voice. Yet they all

    still manage to mislead us, and spin and finagle and manipulate the

    outcome to suit their political, environmental, and whacko whims.

    There is no pitcher large enough to contain the margaritas that I

    will make to CELEBRATE the Rise and Fall of The Obama Reicht.

    Freedom is a beautiful thing, Soon very soon America will Stand again!

    June 18, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  21. Gale

    Well, then why hasn't the government done anything? Illegals have gotten so out of control, California is totally bankrupt. And still they have the audacity to blame Arizona for protecting itself from the same demise. Maybe California and the whole Democrat party, including Mrs. Clinton will fall off the coast in the next earthquake, and Americans will again have priority over illegals, and their tax money will pay for citizen benefits, that are here legally.

    June 18, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  22. Anonymous

    There are a lot of contradictions with these laws being proposed in the state of AZ i think they should be looked at and certainly reviewed before them going into effect.

    June 18, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  23. Gary D.

    Tough patooties, Jan! Do you really think anyone give a flip that you're, "stunned and angered"?

    June 18, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  24. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Cat fight!!! Gov. Brewer should have never passed the law. You've brought this controversy upon your state. Good luck getting tourist to AZ. You won't see a dime of my money.

    June 18, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  25. D. Sangiovanni

    They should. Its a shame something like that, and what they are cooking about denying citizenship to children happen in this country.
    What this count;ry is going thru with the economy, and the Gulf's crisis are direct result of the negativity, lack of empathy . Same thing happened during Hitler's regimen.

    June 18, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
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