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. Deborah

    "Obama Must Be Stopped" sounds like the worst bigot, camouflaged in fake outrage at the border issue. There were so many things wrong with this post that it was far worse than the original Brewer issue, but suffice it to say that Barack Obama is an intelligent, dedicated, patriotic American who won the election fairly (unlike his predecessor) and is doing the very best job he can under the circumstances. He has done more in a few months than GW did in 8 years – in fact GW took the country backwards. PRESIDENT Obama has taken some giant leaps forward in finance regulation, health care reform and repairing the US global image from the beating it took under GW. Back to Gov. Brewer: she's a ratings grabbing, poll chasing media hound.

    July 1, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  2. chris

    Arizona's governor has the courage to address immigration issues that the federal government won't touch. There is nothing wrong with requiring a person to establish their identity or citizenship to the police. UnIess you are engaged in criminal activity you have no reason to deny this information to authorities. I applaud the governor's efforts and hope that other states will follow her lead.

    July 1, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  3. Monty

    For Obama, it's really damned if he does and damned if he doesn't-there's not winning for him. If he sends national guard troops to the border, it's not enough. If he gives a speech about immigration reform and tries to get congress to do something about it (AFTER ALL, THEY'RE THE LEGISLATIVE BODY), he's...not doing anything.

    There's no winning with people like Brewer.

    July 1, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  4. B. Jeffers

    I am not sure how the Gov. of AZ got elected...but it time for her to do her job and stop bashing the President. He is doing his. I have sent time on the TX, NM and CA borders since 1975...and they are far better than 20 or 30 years ago.

    July 1, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  5. AK Steve

    Funny how you never heard a peep out of the so-called concerned governor when her buddy Bush was in office.

    Obama is trying to get immigration on the floor of the senate. You know who is blocking it? The GOP!

    So this woman should shut up and learn the facts. If you want someone to blame, blame your good ol' Bush, your good ol' boy GOPers and frankly, blame yourself!

    Why don't you just shut up and do YOUR job!

    July 1, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  6. Louie

    Oh, like Ronnie Reagan and Bush, Sr. & Bush, Jr. did anything to stop the illegals when they were President? This Governor is starting to get under my skin !

    July 1, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  7. todd

    The only thing that comes out of Obamas mouth are lies and Communism!

    July 1, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  8. Paul

    Hey Lisa from Miami, It's not disrespectful when she is getting hammered from a budget/crime perspective, tries to react by passing a law to combat this (e.g. doing the Federal Gov/OBAMAs job...) He then directs his attorney general to sue the state of Arizona, then meets with her, promises to do something about it and sends a bunch of signs warning US citizens that they might encounter illegals close to the border that he has yet to help secure.... Get your head out of the clouds and live in the real world.

    July 1, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  9. Gerry

    Racist Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer raging at the president to "do your job" is proof of the blatant moral bankruptcy of her racist and discriminatory law concerning so-called illegal aliens. Brewer would do better to cease her racist rhetoric and focus on the needs to real Americans that need true leadership, not more racist propaganda that is more reminiscent of the murderous KKK.

    July 1, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  10. Disgusted

    Klan Brewer is a national disgrace. I refuse to set foot in Arizona until her racist laws are gone and she is no longer in office.

    July 1, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  11. BILL, WI

    I have been hearing that the immigrations laws in this country are:
    a. outdated
    b. broken
    c. racist
    d. unenforceable
    e. ignored
    f. unjust

    I have heard all of the above arguments since the mid 70's. The criticism of Arizona's law include all of the above also. So when Obama says the Immigration laws in this country are _______(fill in the blank) just what the heck is he going to do to fix it. But he will still have to first identify what all folks will agree is wrong with the immigration system in this country.

    July 1, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  12. Donkey Party

    How ridiculous is it that the right-wing is attacking President Obama, when they had control to do anything they wanted to do while Bush was in office? No other explanation than a bunch of racists finding different ways to hate minorities, and a black President.

    July 1, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  13. JES

    Now that would be something Obama doing his job. One has to lean how to lead and that's not on the job training like he is trying to d now.

    July 1, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  14. justme

    gt spews... obama needs to do his job.. on the economy , do his job and get our troops home, do his job and .. help those in the gulf,,,do his job and get our border protected...he has not one anything , but play the blame game,,,,

    Yeah, do it all, Obama, but don't expect us to pay for it. You do everything all by yourself for free and we'll just stand in the way and thwart you at every turn......

    Conservative morons!!!

    July 1, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  15. Steve in North Carolina

    This administration is only selectively enforcing laws that they agree with. They won't even enforce the voting rights act in the case of the New Black Panthers intimidating voters at the polls in the recent presidential election. The law and the constitution are only valid if they agree with it and it fits their political agenda.

    July 1, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  16. Jim S

    Has anyone asked Brewer just exactly what she would do to secure the border and what it would cost all other americans
    are there unemployed people in AZ if so why arent they doing the work the illegals come here to do unemployment should be nonexistent in AZ

    July 1, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  17. jim

    We live in Arizona....trust me on this....this woman is an emarrassment beyond comprehension. Bill Mahr called Arizona "whiteyville" the other night on Larry King. It didn't used to be like this. We all worked along side each other...took care of each others families. Now.... well there is so much hatred, so much bigotry, so much elitism. How shameful. I can't stand it.

    July 1, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  18. Cicero

    Obama seems to be in way over his head on this immigration issue. He keeps campaigning as if he wants Illegals to vote for him and refers to all attempts to enforce border security as 'misguided'. Obama and his DOJ Holder were quick to drop charges against Black Panthers that violated the civil rights of Voters by intimidating them at the Polls. Maybe the laws only apply to non-minorities the rest of us are on our own.

    July 1, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  19. TM in CO

    I am so tired of hearing that Obama can't do this and can't do that. It appears to me that no president before Obama was able to secure the boarders either. Are we as a national so full of hate for each other that one won't cooperate with the other to make this country what I forefathers expected it to be? Come on people. Start working together instead of spewing this ridiculous hatred of each other.

    July 1, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  20. Denise

    Did every illegal immigrant arrive in this country after Obama was elected? The prejudice in some of you is so obvious, it's embarrasing. Obama is doing his job. Nothing changes over night and bashing your president, just shows your ignorance!

    July 1, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  21. American Patriot - a "real" tea partier

    To the governor of Arizona -

    To paraphrase the immortal words of Ellen Ripley - did I.Q.s drop sharply in Arizona?

    I'm wondering if you stood out in the sun too long, lady. This issue has been around for ages, and you're only NOW getting uptight about it? Grow up and stop acting like a spoiled 14 year old. Yes, we have to secure our borders, but if you're going to turn Arizona into a modern day Nazi Germany with people carrying paperwork, then maybe we ought to only have 49 states in the union.

    July 1, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  22. albus

    Pretty sad commentary. The (federal) immigration laws are in place to protect the citizens of this country. Yet the federal government will not uphold the law as it politically incorrect and may affect politicians' voting base.

    It takes a state's governor looking out over her own people to envoke and enforce a law that the feds should be doing.

    Jan Brewer for President

    July 1, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  23. vishous

    I read all of these comments. Wow. This is the "voice" of America? Time to pack my bags and move. You all only see fit to blame each other instead of coming together to solve a problem. Glad that I'm not affiliated to ANY parties.

    July 1, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  24. ramtruck2500

    like brewer and the law. I agree with most everything and I hate amnesty. She has started aleinating me however with sounding off like a whiney tea bagger. Thats when credibility goes out the window! just one more thing Obamma is blamed for illegals. They have been flooding in since good ole Ronnie gave the first friggin amnesty.
    y god we have republicans whiing in the gulf like jindal over national guard when HE has not called them out . we have boner in cangress whining and blaming for everything! just stop the whining and finger pointing and get on with it. as for testing it in the courts thats a good thing like crossing your t's if it stands up there can be nothing but good so lets see it thru.

    July 1, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  25. Peggy Lucas, Middletown, Pennsylvania

    Not only is Governor Brewer ugly on the outside, but also on the inside. Would she be doing this if a Republican were President? Of course not.

    July 1, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
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