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. Wake up America!

    AZ should sue the feds for not doing their job, not sending the border patrol agents like they said they would. In short, we should just impeach obama then the in-fighting would stop!

    The fact that obama and his administration join forces with other countries to bash conservative states is appalling!

    June 18, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  2. Bob

    Why would the Justice Department file a lawsuit against AZ for enforcing current immigration laws? How is it that the AZ law does not allow for racial profiling while Federal law DOES? This is nothing more than political grandstanding and it pathetic. Fix the immigration problem Obama Administration or you will have more border Governors taking action without you.

    June 18, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  3. AFR531

    So state government can sue federal government (health care, etc) but federal government can't sue state government-is that how it goes?

    June 18, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  4. Julia- Idaho Native American

    This bill is nothing more than an attempt at ethnic cleansing, promoted by bigotry and hatred. My mother was in a Indian Boarding School, she was beaten for speaking the Native Language, they shaved her little head, you know all Indian Kids had lice, does history repeat itself, you bet it does, Hello Arizona, a disgrace to democracy.

    June 18, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  5. JohnRJ08

    "Stunned and angered"? What did she expect? The law she signed, which she admitted she had no idea how to enforce, is unconstitutional. Did she really believe that the federal government would sit back and let her screw around with the IVth and XIVth amendments?

    June 18, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  6. Suncatcher

    This President and his administration are really trying hard to get thrown out of office.

    What part of US Citizens have HAD it with this admin and all incumbents, does he and Hildebeast not get?

    One more time: WE HAVE HAD IT.

    Gov. Brewer – the country is behind you.

    June 18, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  7. drc

    The Dems need 10 million new votes via amnesty of illegals. Of course they will fight common sense.

    June 18, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  8. Choice that matters

    She knew that this would be a provocative bill. She knew this was coming. Stop trying to fool us unelected Gov. Brewer.

    June 18, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  9. snow

    By the way you stupid nobummer voters, the nobummer lawyers have filed their motion to dismiss the health care lawsuit stating that requiring people to buy health care insurance is really a tax that the congress have authority to force on the people. Well nobummer stated over and over that there would be no tax increase on the middle class and now we find out this health care insurance requirement is really a tax. Let's see how you want to spin this.

    June 18, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  10. Charlie

    Why is this administration more worried about illegal (aka criminals) immigrants than it is its own people. This makes no sense what so ever

    June 18, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  11. MR AMERICA

    The Feds are not obligated to discuss a pending lawsuit with AZ.

    It was clear from day one that the Feds were going to challenge the law somehow...this is a surprise? Or mock indignation? (which the GOP has mastered as an artform)

    June 18, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  12. isntitgreat

    If the federal government enforced federal laws, Arizona would not need to take the steps it has. By being lax and not supporting the laws of this country the federal government has created the Arizona situation.

    June 18, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  13. Denny, VA

    It should surprise nobody that Hillary, Cbama, and nearly everyone in this farce of an administration has not read the Arizona law and they have no interest in enforcing the laws we already have because they are fawning for votes from the Latin community. After this November's election at least this idiot in the white House will have to read and understand the garbage he spews on a daily basis. The entire country needs an immigration law like the one in Arizona and the Feds need to start enforcing the laws that are already in place.
    So tired of hearing the excuse that if the illegals don't work the field no one will pick the produce. Great, then we pay $6.00 for a head of lettuce or grow our own!!! Better yet, you want a welfare check, head to the fields.

    June 18, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  14. Bill from SoCal

    Didn't Gov. Brewer tell Obama that she would "see you in court" when he said the administration would likely challenge the law? What's the big outrage? For a bunch of grown adults in what can be a pretty tough industry, most of our elected officials pretend to be easily offended a little too often. Grow up, Jan!

    June 18, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  15. Are u a good witch or a bad witch?

    When is Brewer's Gov terms up?! NO MORE LATINO VOTES FOR ANY REPUBLICAN! My latin sisters and brothers you must fight against this evil!

    June 18, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  16. Mike

    Reason number 10,846 to boot this incompetent administration out in 2012.

    June 18, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  17. John in Brooklyn

    Yeah, and Brewer's new border laws infringe on the Sec of State's role of international relations.

    Brewer shouldn't be shocked. After all, she took the first shot.

    What a lightweight novice. She should get out of politics if she can't take the ehat.

    June 18, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  18. Howard Schneider

    Arizona is taking the lead and doing what needs to be done for this country. GOOD JOB, Governor Brewer and Arizona Legislators!....

    THANKS!

    June 18, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  19. Me

    What does she expect? This law is in violation of the 14th amendment. In state that was once Mexico, the "native" people are of Mexican descent and many still speak with a Spanish inflection to their words, very much like the south with their drawls and twang. Soon it will be okay by law for untrained law enforcement to use their judgement to determine if a person is here illegally or not. And to say "just have your papers with you" is disingenuous. US born Hispanics do not have papers! They're citizens. Many of these police officers themselvs are Garcias and Lopezes. My own Tucson born husband, whose family have roots going back further than my own, didn't learn English until he was in the 4th grade. Keep in mind, this was in the USA and in good ol' Tucson public schools. If Arizona wants to get rid of the Mexicans and all things from Mexico, then they need to start with their own state, in its' entirety.

    June 18, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  20. cspurgeon

    Look at that face. Look at that mouth. Wow..hate..so evident. She needs a new job..

    June 18, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  21. Eric

    Hitlery should FIRST file a lawsuit against the federal government itself, since the AZ law is a mirror image of the federal law, with the only exception being a clause that says, "And hey, we mean this and will enforce it too."

    Doesn't matter... these clowns will be powerless come November when we toss out their socialist crime syndicate partners.

    June 18, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  22. Mark

    Would one expect anything less than a classless Clinton.

    June 18, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  23. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Well I am funcused. Why would the Adminstration, who swore to uphold the law want to circumvent it. What we need is a MARSHALL PLAN to round up and Deport all illegals. Then if the people allow it, they all can come back on a legal work permit assuming there is work for them.

    June 18, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  24. Nonplussed

    What is the matter with Clinton and Obama - traveling all over the planet to spread the news that the United States will now be the doormat of the world?

    I really can't believe these people are standing up for other countries before their own. Such a sad thing to watch.

    June 18, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  25. j

    The law is illegal and against the constitution. Targeting people is not a good way to solve the problems of the state.

    June 18, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
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