July 1st, 2010
11:57 AM ET
8 years ago

Arizona Gov. to Obama: Do your job!

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer says she's not happy with the president's border response.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer says she's not happy with the president's border response.

(CNN) – The same day President Obama is delivering a high profile speech on immigration, a web video is making the rounds featuring a frustrated Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer imploring the president to "do your job" when it comes to securing the borders.

In the web video posted earlier this week, Brewer stands in front of recently erected signs 80 miles from Arizona's Mexican border that warn travelers "smuggling and illegal immigration may be encountered in this area."

"Two weeks ago I met with President Obama, he promised that we would get word from his administration on what they were going to do to secure the border. Well, we finally got the message, these signs," Brewer says. "I'm 80 miles away from the border and only 30 miles away from Arizona's capital. This is an outrage."

"Washington says our border is as safe as it's ever been…Does this look safe to you? Washington is broken, Mr. President," a visibly angry Brewer continues. "Do your job. Secure our borders."

The newly-erected signs are the product of the Bureau of Land Management, according to local TV station KPHO, amid urging from local residents who have witnessed a wave of drug-related crimes.

Brewer's comments come more than a week after a senior Obama administration official confirmed justice department lawyers are planning to file a legal challenge to the controversial Arizona immigration law championed by Brewer.

Federal government lawyers who have been working on the expected challenge for several weeks will most likely file their arguments in federal court in Phoenix in the days leading up to July 28, when the statute is scheduled to take effect, the official said.

Administration officials have indicated the question of Arizona usurping federal authority to control the border and enforce immigration law is the most likely federal point of attack against the state law signed by Gov. Jan Brewer earlier this year.

In his immigration speech Thursday, Obama again took aim at the controversial Arizona measure, calling it "ill conceived."

"It is not just that the law Arizona passed is divisive, though it has fanned the flames of an already contentious debate, laws like Arizona's put huge pressures on local law enforcement to enforce rules that ultimately are unenforceable. It puts pressure on already hard-strapped state and local budgets," Obama said.

The president also defended his efforts to secure the border both with Mexico and Canada.

"We doubled the personnel assigned to border enforcement security task forces," he said. "We tripled the number of intelligence analysts along the border. For the first time we have begun screening 100 percent of southbound rail shipments. And as a result, we're seizing more illegal guns, cash, and drugs than in years past."

"The bottom line is this, the southern border is more secure today than at anytime in the past 20 years," Obama added.

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soundoff (375 Responses)
  1. Jack

    So the problem is, as I see it, AZ is afraid of all these illegal immigrants coming to the US to work as day laborers for $30 a day. It is a fact that most of hte crime in AZ is caused by native born US citizens. The vast majority of immigrants are not commiting crimes. They are working at lousy jobs for lousy wages the gringos don't want to do. They're not sneaking into this country to become oil workers, engineers, or professors. They're washing dishes, working farms, and grunt work on construction sites. Get a grip AZ. No one I know in AZ is freaking out about illegal immigrants, only the paranoids who get in front of the camera.

    July 1, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  2. Joshua Ludd

    Yeah, because he doesn't have anything else to do... and he didn't just send more resources to Arizona. But, then again, isn't this the idiot who thinks most illegals are drug mules?

    July 1, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  3. Jon In Madison

    lol said, "Did you tell Bush to do his job? No, you and McCain just sat on your hands and let it roll along. Governor you are a hypocrite. You both need to be voted out. Now al of a sudden it is Obama's fault. Do your job and bring ideas for real immigration reform"

    Jan Brewer wasn't the governor then, you idiot. Our glorious Sec. of Homeland Security wa the governor, and even she signed a bill banning companies from hiring illegal immigrants. Read a book before you come on here to spit your garbage.

    July 1, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  4. WVUmountainerrrrrs

    Get it over! This is America..we are a land of immigrants. So if pepople want to be like this then fine...anyone who does not have any Native American blood needs to leave the USA! How bout that? Geez...not to quote Clueless or anything...but "It does not say RSVP on the Statue of Liberty"....Give me your tired, your hungry, your poor...also who do people have to envoke the Presidents middle name?...like it is supposed to be scary or something? OMG he has a middle eastern name...ahhhhhh hahaha.

    July 1, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  5. Bob in PA

    Baby boy BO has no intention of securing the border. He and Congress will play these games all day long. The only thing they plan on doing is decreasing the number of illegals in the country by granting some sort of amnesty. The man-child is a joke of a leader.

    July 1, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  6. GOP=PIG

    Excuse me but isnt this YOUR state? So NOW you want the feds to come in and save your arse from the "evil" Mexicans? One day you bitch about the govt (which you a part of) doing too much and the next day you cry because they arent doing enough. MAKE UP YOUR MIND!

    I guess now that a responsible, practical and intelligent president is in office you just cant stand it because it makes you look so bad. So just lie lie lie and whine whine whine to divert attention.

    What a bunch of pathetic idiots, you repubs are. The sad thing is that you GOPig "leaders" can easily fool all of you to support their corrupt agenda that is NOT in your (or our) interest but in the interest of big $ and big biz. If only you could see past your own stupid hate.

    July 1, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  7. steve

    What happened in the past with whatever president is the past. The times and conditions now are different, the drug war in Mexico is boiling and it's spilling over in our back yard. These people need some help from our govt. not everybody calling them racists. If the cartel and illegals were in my backyard I'd hollaring for security and help as well. I'd also have my shotgun loaded and by my side. What would you do?

    July 1, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  8. XWngLady

    To Four and the Door:

    Your suggestion that since Pres. Obama stated the truth about the border being more secure now than in anytime in the past is his way of saying he's not going to do anything more to secure the border, tells me that either you DID NOT watch his entire speech and only commented on what you read in this article, or you have 'selective amnesia'. Either way, let me enlighten you....Immediately after he made that statement, he categorically stated that what is being done is not enough and that more needs to be done. He suggested a multi-pronged approach that we needed to do more to secure that border, create a fair way for those illegals that are already here to get legal (NOT blanket amnesty) and beef up enforecement against those who refuse to get on the legal path. But of course you didn't hear any of that.....you only speak first and worry about the facts later....

    July 1, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  9. stevedallas63

    One solution might be to toss people who hire illegals in jail. This might not be the complete solution, but it is a start. Of course, this won't go down well with some of the people who complain about illegal immigration and then hire them at low wages. A wall won't stop them, so stop the reason they are coming here.

    July 1, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  10. scottsdale81

    As an AZ resident I can testify that Governor Brewer is an irresponsible and incompetent nit wit who plays loose with the facts. The reality is that in contrast to a few years ago the border between AZ and Mexico has never been more secure. This woman just makes stuff up to fit her wacky right wing agenda and to divert attention from the fact that the economy in AZ is a disaster zone. Instead of helping to grow and promote new small business investment here her administration is doing every thing in its power to stifle it with useless immigration laws and constantly generating negative publicity for this state.

    July 1, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |

    Tell this stupid woman, she needs to scold BP and not the President. I feel bad about the spill, but I don't feel tax dollars should be spent to clean it up under no circumstances. This fall intirely on BP. They reip the benefits so they should take all that money they made off the taxpayers and do what they have to do. Tell the Gov to call Bush and Chaney, the are the big oil Presidents, bet they have stock in that company especially Chaney, guess that why he just had another heart attack!

    July 1, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  12. Melanie

    ThinkAgain July 1st, 2010 12:00 pm ET

    Governor Brewer is just another Republican hack looking for ways to criticize President Obama, treating her constituents like a bunch of unthinking idiots who'll believe anything she and the GOP disinformation machine throws at them.

    Where was all her concern during the Bush years over border security? And what is President Obama supposed to do – tell her and the public the details of all the security measures so folks who are doing the smuggling can circumvent them?

    Grow up, lady!


    Exactly!!! Unfortunately, I live in AZ – though I hope when the economy turns around – I will be able to sell my house, get a new job and move out!!! This state has the most intolerant – racist – bigots I have ever encountered in my life!!! They have no problem hiring immigants to built their houses in times of boom, raise their kids (nannies), mow and/or maintain their lawns, clean their houses, do their dishes, dry cleaning serve them in restaurants, pick their fruit BUT now the economy is in the dumps – they blame the immigrants for all their problems!!!!

    July 1, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  13. tejasoutlaw

    I am sick of people saying that liberals are just trying to stop a good Repbublican from getting something done. When what they are doing is saying stop the fear mongering and hatred crap. I can tell you this. Obama cares more for this country then this Wack Job ever could. I am assamed at the fact that people in this country are so illinformed that they actually agree with this prejudice nut case.

    July 1, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  14. Scott

    In response to the message directly below:

    We as tax paying American citizens are entitled to call out or question not only the President but any elected official.

    The President has a boss, its the American people. He is OUR president and he works for us.

    Disrespectful is when you attempt to muffle free speech.

    You finish with "Only In America", as if that's a bad thing. I see it as a privilege that we can disagree and question our leaders.

    Read the Constitution and Bill of Rights and then criticize those who question PUBLICLY ELECTED OFFICIALS!

    I don't want a magician running this nation, I want a God fearing leader who gives it their full effort.

    If you want to live somewhere that it is best to keep quiet, you are in the wrong nation.

    Lisa in Miami, YOU GROW UP!!!

    Lisa, Miami July 1st, 2010 12:41 pm ET

    How disrispectful.............

    everybody thinks is entitled to call out the president for ANYTHING that happens in the planet!!!

    grow up people! the poor man is not a magician.

    Only in America..........

    July 1, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  15. David Johnston

    Thr Rep were in control of congress and didn't let Bush fix it so companies could hire and pay less. And they thought these people would vote Rep because they let them in. For this day and age taxes are low. I also heard that crime in that state is low not high. They are mostly just plain people not criminals. Yes they need to get in line. Yes lady you need to do your job.

    July 1, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  16. R

    Leaders of Az and other states always had options to control their borders. Like going after people/buisness who hire illegals, but they are not going to do that. Because the people who own the buisness vote, not illegals. Leaders of Az want to win elections and they can't if they are locking them up or making them pay fines. Bush tried securing the borders, but his own party said no to that. it's all politics. It's all about making Obama look bad, period.

    July 1, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  17. moondrop

    Gov Brewer, you are doing the right thing.
    All states should follow your lead. Somebody has to do it.
    Can't rely on the oval office for help. on anything except sharing the money that is earned . I am not for sharing with the dead beats. or anyone else.

    July 1, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  18. Darth Vadik, CA

    I'm sure she said the same thing to Bush....and Reagan (Mr. Amnesty himself) for that matter...

    July 1, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  19. Susan

    From what I've read and heard the law is well constructed and in line with Federal Law....and yes I did download a copy to read. What I can't understand is why so many people are jumping the gun and presuming that there's going to be discrimination before it happens. Let's wait and see how enforcement of the law works .... and in the meantime if the Federal Government wants to enforce its Federal Law, then better yet!

    July 1, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  20. jtc

    w l jones- you don't really know how the National Guard works, do you? They can be called up by the state, *or* by the President. However, the military- under which the NG falls- cannot be made to enforce police matters domestically.

    July 1, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  21. urallidiots

    The Bureau of Land Management's answer to a bad situation is to post sings that say "Danger – Public Warning, Travel not Recommended".

    1. It is disturbing, beyond the capacity of words, that we are this threatened inside our own borders. Last time I checked, this was not Somalia.

    2. Instead of addressing the problem (which the text of the sign clearly acknowledges) by doing something this idiotic adminstration chose to post signs telling US citizens that they should just avoid this area. I guess this absolves the administration from any responsibility while allowing them to be "tough" on illegal immigration.

    3. Illegal immigration by definition is ILLEGAL. What rationale exists for permitting or promoting illegal activity? We have a process for entering this country legally – if that process is broken, we should fix it. We should not choose to look past it and say it is acceptable for anyone and everyone to enter the country whenever, wherever and however they please. Anyone that wants to come to this country to make a meaningful contribution to our society (you know, the way it was for the first 160 years of our existence) should be welcomed with open arms. If however, you are coming to advance your drug trade or to find free health care at the expense of tax-paying citizens, you should not be allowed in.

    July 1, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  22. John Wilson, Racine, WI

    Jan Brewer and the great state of AZ have it RIGHT!

    They have my 100% support... I only wish the great state of WI would copy their law and then support it... fat chance of that with our stupid elected officials!

    On this issue President Oblahma has it dead WRONG!

    DO YOUR JOB, OBLAHMA! [You said you would when you took the oath of office… “To faithfully execute the laws, etc.”]

    Immigration does NOT need "Comprehensive Reform..."


    July 1, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  23. Steve in Denver

    @Doug: Really? You've outdone yourself this time . . .

    Every Democrat in America wants illegal drug smuglers to be free to conduct their business while getting free healthcare and welfare off the backs of hard working Americans.
    Where did you get your "facts?" I'm a democrat and I don't want these things, nor does any democrate I know.

    At the same time these Democrats want to round up their conservative neighbors, take away their property, wealth, guns, and rights, and lock them up in re-eduction camps just like another National Socialist Dictator did in Germany in the 1930s.
    What property, wealth, guns and other rights has anyone taken away? Under Obama, you can even carry your gun in a national park. Locking people up without cause? See: Bush: 2001-2009, American citizens taken to Guantanamo without access to a lawyer.

    Just read their posts here at the ticker, you are supporting these kind of hate-filled, dishonest libs everytime you vote Democrat.
    Your side has the likes of limbaugh, the coward hannity, coulter, who preach hate every day. Your side has rove and bush, lied us into war, outed a CIA agent and lied about it, lied about illegal wire tapping.

    What ever psychodelic drugs you are taking are really good.

    July 1, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  24. DJ in TX

    Here's my problem with this – why are now people all in an uproar over immagration? Senator McCain co-sponsored a bill, the voted against his OWN bill. I don't remember Gov. Brewer or anyone else coming out with ads against President Bush over immagration, This problem DID NOT just start with President Obama. People make note of the "federal gevernment" not doing its job, but they always make President Obama the fault. You want troops on the border, you want troops fighting wars, but you want a "smaller government". The REAL problem are the business who hire illegal workers. Start with them.................oh that's right, they are businesses and the GOP can't be seen as going after business. Closing the borders is fine, but you still have 20 million to deal with. Most people just want work.

    Gov. Brewer, now let's see an ad condeming businesses who hire illegal workers in Arizona. Let's see you come up with a law SPECIFICALLY for them giving the same law enforcement the power to go to businesses suspected of hiring illega workers and ask for their status paperwork. You stop the business from hiring and exploiting illegal workers, you'll help with the issue. There be no reason to come here unless through legal channels. Let's stop making a political issue out of everything. BTW – you mention 2 weeks ago you met with President Obama. Please tell me what can be done in 2 weeks that took 20+ years to break????

    July 1, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  25. Come back to Earth

    To everyone on this page.

    Why don't you all just shut up?! If you can’t figure out by now that all politicians are crooked, then you all need to come back to earth.

    If you’re all sick of these politicians, then stop your fussing and moaning, and throw your hat into the ring. Run for an office!

    Why doesn’t an asteroid just hit the earth, and destroy it. Then the problem is solved.

    July 1, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
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