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. eolufemi

    she'll be okay...

    June 18, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  2. Bill

    I would tell this woman to take hike. She does not like it – tough. She was ready to go to court a few months ago, now she will have her chance.

    June 18, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  3. Grace

    You're missing the point. The Department of Homeland Security (headed up by Arizona's former governor) requested a two-week period of time in which to develop a national response to border security, especially within the state of Arizona. After more than two weeks and no response from DHS, Arizona gets their answer: Hilary Clinton in Ecuador saying that the Justice Department will sue Arizona for SB1070, rather than provide the support needed to secure the border.

    June 18, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  4. Ben

    The arrogance of this administration knows no bounds. Hillary needs to shut her mouth and do what she does best, which is nothing.

    June 18, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  5. Mike in AZ

    Jan brewer is an idiot.She'll never get elected on her owm merit.I can't wait to vote her out.

    June 18, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  6. mind

    should be fumed and scared your job deadline is coming and the voters of arizona will not allow you to return. you are a fool and a sad smear on the face of this nation, as you would say to others

    You and your kind can leave my nation.

    open my borders back up you are all breaking the law and policies set forth from the great tex mex war and the treaty set up afterwards

    June 18, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  7. Jim in St. Johns, FL

    This is not the first time the Obama administration has used foreign media to criticize another American or to apologize for America as Obama went on his "Apologize for America" tour shortly after becoming President. If you remember the first media interview Obama gave was to an Arab network.

    Obama CAN"T plug the leak in the Gulf since he isn't smart enough to do the things that will expedite the battle down there and he WON'T plug the leak on the border, he'll just point the finger and file lawsuits – that's all lawyers do.

    Yes we WON'T.

    June 18, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  8. John Wilson, Racine, WI

    Hillary, I LOVE you and I even wrote you in as a candidate for President, so I could vote for you.

    Having said that, I do have to tell you and the other folks who share your position against the AZ Immigration Law, that you are misguided, ill-informed, way out-of-bounds and against all reason here.

    Further, it is NOT your place to be making announcements regarding just what the Dept. of Justice will or will not be doing: It is up to the Dept. of Justice or President Oblahma!

    You are the Secretary of State… please remember just what your REAL responsibilities and duties are in that role.

    It is up to the Dept. of Justice and President Oblahma to announce their intentions to flood the great United States of America with Illegal Aliens… and trample on the great state of AZ for attempting to enforce the laws that Homeland Security, the Bush Administration and now the Oblahma Administration totally ignore.

    Above all else, we are a nation of LAWS…

    June 18, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  9. EBC

    WHY is Gov. Brewer upset? Didn't she start this WHOLE MESS by signing this bill into LAW? Now she's SCARED of what the President has in store for her as Governor? DID she NOT consider the consequences of her actions? Brewer came out talking so much GARBAGE after signing the bill into law. NOW she's going to have to FACE the music.

    As Governor of Arizona, if YOU are going to start mess, then you BEST be prepared to take some MESS. Governor Brewer KNOWS that she's no match for the Oval Office. The person in the Oval Office yields the most POWER. Not because he/her is the President, but because he/she has the most powerful resources at their fingertips. Bottom line.

    June 18, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  10. Patsy, Texas

    "Stunned and angered"? What happened to her 'bring it on' attitude.
    She did say "We'll meet you in Court"–"I have a pretty good record of
    winning in Court". She has known they were looking at this since the
    day it happened-so why the surprise?

    June 18, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  11. PalmReader

    Jan, honey, your *bill* was nothing but a political play during an election year. You wanted to spot light the Tea Party nationally, and you succeeded. You wanted to play in the big leagues, and now you are. Whether you can play grown up or not has yet to be decided.

    So, either begin enforcing the law you put in place or shut up.

    Gotta love the Tea Party. Don't want government interference one day and scream the government isn't doing enough the next.

    June 18, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  12. Vet

    I can't understand why she is stun, she knew this was coming and was told before she signed this misguided law. She refuse to listen to the majority of Law Enforcement Personel who have to enforce this law and could possibly have to justify or obtain legal council for them selves from charges by any Arizona citizen who thinks the Police didn't do his/her job. She already started her defense fund because odly her own Attorney General advised her against this law.Come back to reality Govenor, why worry you claim it is a good law, so I guess you should prevail in court.

    June 18, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  13. Darlene

    It is my opinion that the State of Arizona is on the right track, perhaps with more procedures should be inplace to make sure that racial profiling or discrimanation is not used. Illegal aliens are just that illegal which is against the laws, but to hear some Washington politicans speak about this issue nothing is wrong with Arizona providing for these unlawfully residents. Come to the US legally like millions do every year and earn your on way. As for Clinton, she has moments that she thinks she is the Prez.

    June 18, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  14. mark

    Out of desperation Hillary will be Obamas next VP

    Unless she keeps this up

    June 18, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  15. BDub

    The Feds won't do it, because they don't have a case.

    The border states would have a better chance suing the Feds for not controlling the border, as it's treasonous to pander to non-citizens for their potential vote. That's if anyone is not smart enough to know that illegals already vote. Why do you think Dem's let them get driver's licenses? That's all you need at the voting booth.

    June 18, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  16. Bill from Ga

    Our Federal government has always chosen which laws to enforce, and it usually is more about agenda than anything. It has long ignored laws against hiring illegals, under Repugs and Dems. Enforce those laws and much of the problem of illegals will go away.

    (Boy, that's an ugly picture of Brewer.)

    June 18, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  17. WI Liberal

    Clinton can say what she wants, it's a free world, oh except in AZ.

    June 18, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  18. Dennis

    honestly...i don't even know how this woman became governor.

    June 18, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  19. David

    "To learn of this lawsuit through an Ecuadorean interview with the Secretary of State is just outrageous," Brewer said in the statement. "If our own government intends to sue our state to prevent illegal immigration enforcement, the least it can do is inform us before it informs the citizens of another nation."

    sounds reasonable.

    June 18, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  20. cnn1bigjoke

    Making this statement in south america, prior to letting the governor of az know – should be considered an act of treason. this is astonishing. Stop pandering to other countries and help make this country a better place. Where are the troops on the board B Hussein promissed?

    June 18, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  21. Michael

    this is a huge problem in America. WE have too many lawyers that can only solve a problem IN Court! At our (the people of America's )expense. They also work really hard to spend our hard earned money because they don't know any better. IT is not their money, it is our money.
    America wake up!
    Lawyers don't solve problems, they create them. WE need people that solve problems.
    TERM LIMITS IN CONGRESS. Also rid Washington of all lawyers....

    Vote out all that have no respect for who is really paying the bill. We have no time to waste, the clock is ticking and no one seems to care that the national debt, unemployment, oil spilling and other problems keeps rising and there is no one to fix it in office. NO ONE. You have voted in a president that is not qualified to run a McDonald's let alone The United States of America. His side kicks are worst then him.....

    June 18, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  22. Dani

    Illegal means illegal...period. If someone is in the country as an illegal immigrant, they are breaking the law. They should not have the same rights and entitlements that the LEGAL citizens do. I say GOOD JOB JAN BREWER. It is high time that someone in government actually stand up for the true citizens of this country rather than give lip service to legal tax payers and deliver no resolve and no solution.

    June 18, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  23. Eli

    Wow. If the federal government is not pursuing a lawsuit (and Hillary simply had her facts wrong or spoke without Obama's knowledge) then this is one hell of a mistake on the part of Hillary Clinton and the State Department. To mistakenly inform a foreign reporter while overseas that you are planning to sue a state is grounds for termination. However, Obama will not do that out of fear that the scorned woman would challenge him in the primary given his falling popularity.

    June 18, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  24. Nick , California

    Brewer is fuming!!??? How about all the Mexicans in her state that live in fear of being harassed by the police!!! All this crap about kicking the illegals out is just stupid... THE ONLY REASON THEY ARE HERE IS BECAUSE OF JOBS!!!! If she was serious about sending the illegals home she would crack down HARD on businesses that hire illegal immigrants! But that wouldn't be good for the business owners.. and we know that cheap labor is at the heart of a good Republican.. because that just means more profits!!! It has nothing to do with safety but everything to do with MONEY!!!

    June 18, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  25. Rick

    The majority of US Citizens are for this bill and are behind Gov. Brewer. For Clinton to say that it is the Federal Gov't that sets these laws is ludicrist. The elected officials don't want to stir the latino population because they want the votes.

    June 18, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
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