July 1st, 2010
11:57 AM ET
4 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. sniffit

    uhbama will now go sulking away or throw another tantrum. Priceless. Go Brewer and Arizona!

    July 1, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  2. Chuck Anaheim, Ca

    Hey brewer, why not enfore the E-Verify law already on the books and stop whining!

    July 1, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  3. Steve (the real one)

    Opponents are hammering Arizona for stepping up. Why did Arizona have to step up? The Feds have done and are doing NOTHING! So I guess AZ just needs to sit still and be quietly overrun? The Mexican president is complaining and sending lawyers to American Courts all the while SOME American states and the Feds are boycotting an American state. Why? Once again, the Feds have done and are doing nothing except eyeing a new voter bloc! DO YOUR JOBS FEDS! That would be to take care of AMERICAN citizens FIRST! After all, you work for US! The AZ law ill conceived? Not as much as the federal response to the problem!

    July 1, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  4. jules

    this governor is rude and need to stop and have some manners...i'm sure if this was a republican she would show some respect he is not her boy!...we had republicans in the white house for a number of years why did she not say something or open her mouth and tell them to do their job when they were putting us in debt and now that the dem president is in office everybody want everything to be done yesterday ...it did not take us overnight to be in this mess go lady get over yourself and do your job.

    July 1, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  5. AZ Democratic

    I am an AZ resident and it is crazy to think that just securing the borders will be a stop to illegal immigrants.- if they want to get in they will get in. The bottom line tis here has to be immigration reform. It is just political grandstanding to run around and say "secure the borders, secure the borders"... what we need is comprehensive immigration reform and that is what Washington should be working on and what Obama is trying to do. Unfortunately it is more exciting for people to scream about secure the borders rather than the hard work of reform.

    July 1, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  6. LIP

    Is there a place we who support this Governors sane and principled mind, can send money?
    We need more Americans like her to stop this madness of continually giving these felons a place to bed down, work and then send all their American dollars back to Mexico.
    Support Arizona and anyone else with the kahoonas to follow in her footsteps.

    July 1, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  7. snow

    I see the wittle boys(liberal,pink panty wearing kind)are up in arms as usual against any Republican trying to accomplish something. Demorats have stopped any meaningful immigration policy for years. President Reagan agreed to immigration reform which put border security on the last thing to do and once the illegals(3 milliion)were made citizens, demorats blocked the secure border bill. So, yes the Republicans are not going to be pushed into another non border secure bill.

    July 1, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  8. Rick

    This woman is a nut.

    July 1, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  9. Tj

    Who's cleaning her HOUSE.......mmm taking care of her yard ??????
    If things are happening they have been happening for years and years...now it time to wake up because they are taking over AZ.
    DO YOU SPEAK ENGLISH AZ????
    She needs to wake up and stop passing the BUCK.

    July 1, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  10. SLP

    Am I to believe that the border was more secure under Bush with less resources?

    No it wasn't, and Bush did a lousy job of securing it just like previous presidents before him both republican and democrat. Stop using this issue to justify your political views and to voice your hatred for George W. Bush. This is a serious issue that needs to be dealt with. Arizona is fed up with its citizens getting killed and their crime rate being sky high due to illegals. They are only doing what the federal government won't do. However, all of you Obama lovers out there just can't admit that this president is a disaster of monstrous proportions.

    July 1, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  11. DonJose

    Governor Brewer is a political opportunist and a racist. Sadly, most people in Arizona and lots of people outside of Arizona are falling for her demagoguery. Illegal imigrants constitute a convenient scapegoat that conceals Governor Brewer's incompetence and Republicans' responsibility for America's economic troubles.

    July 1, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  12. David in Houston

    Sometimes you feel like a nut...

    July 1, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  13. Seekster

    *Applauds* This woman may have a chance to be President herself someday.

    July 1, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  14. Al-NY,NY

    Hey Brewer..you mean the way Duh Duh Duhbya did?? What a laugh

    July 1, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  15. Lynda/Minnesota

    Perhaps Brewer ought to be lobbying her own GOP Congressional caucus to pass a comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill? That is if she really wants Immigration Reform.

    Apparently, being Governor of Arizona is a bit too much for her to handle.

    July 1, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  16. Lisa, Miami

    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 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  17. Obama must be stopped!

    Our dummy president won't even secure our border. The idiot seems to be working against the United States in favor of everyone else. Why are most liberals still fooled by this slick-talking con-artist? Why won't he help Arizona stop the deadly crime freely coming up from Mexico? We must get rid of this imposter showman who has seized power by stealth and dishonest propaganda!

    Obama should be tarred and feathered and run out of DC on a rail. We must stop him from running our nation into the ground!

    July 1, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  18. Steve

    The federal response was to put up signs in Arizona saying the southern 80 miles of the US are unsafe to travel in? Where are we, Pakistan? We don't have control of our own territory?

    July 1, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  19. vic

    What a joke
    Gov. Jan Brewer doing others jobs instead doing her job

    July 1, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  20. reggie from la

    Why is it that ALL OF A SUDDEN, border problems are so DIRE? I know, I know. These issues have existed in other administrations, but everyone let past administrations and CONGRESSES wring their hands and kick the can. Fussy about it yes. Proactive, not like now. Folks have been well trained on how to attach anything that doesn't look or smell right, to the current and Clinton administrations. This is not a Bush-bash, good luck trying make that stick. It's an idiot bash. It if fits, wear it. Lies and hyperbole flow from the border as oil into the gulf. Like TARP and oil spills, let's continue to throw those red herrings at Obama and ignore industries that draw and perpetuate illegal havens because they are our friends and neighbors.

    July 1, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  21. marcia

    Govenor Brewer,you just may be one of the only sane people on this issue! You are absolutely right on this issue!
    Obama needs to step up to the plate and watch out for the citizens of this country.
    And as far as racism, Annie A, Mexicans are caucasian,so there is no racism here. They are ethnically Hispanic.
    Get you race facts straight!

    July 1, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  22. Bill

    You know, I don't condone illegal immigration, but it's entirely untrue for people to claim that it's a dire situation and ruining the country. If those same people were looking at two different countries, maybe say in Africa, where people fled from one country to another for a chance at a better life, they would be applauded. Heck, we'd probably be sending aid to those refugees. Some how, when it's related to our country, though, "refugee" becomes "illegal immigrant" and praising someone fighting for a better life becomes "OH NO THEY TOOK OUR JOBS!" It's sickening.

    Plus, so many people seem to forget that "illegal immigration" doesn't just apply to Mexicans. Nor does it mean that everyone who is in this country illegally had a choice. Children born outside the US and then brought to the country with their parents, who weren't US citizens, are simply screwed under current immigration laws. They didn't come here under their own, free will, yet our laws would ship them back to a country they have never seen with their own eyes. Is that fair?

    For once, America, stop and think. Put away your greed, fear, and apathy. Look at situations from other perspectives for once.

    I applaud anyone in Washington who is willing to at least try to fix some of our immigration laws. I don't expect much with our current political and commercial landscape, but we can always hope for something better.

    I'm disgusted by anyone who continues this "insecure" border rhetoric or propagates the idea that Arizona's law isn't blatantly racist. Anyone doing so is out for personal gain, racist, or simply ignorant.

    July 1, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  23. omnin

    You know what I just realize. Who cares about Arizona. It's a baren waste land. Only nutjobs that can't/won't live around normal people move there. They are racist, we've known this for years. It's where all the hardcore rednecks went when the south got desegragated. Their just mad because they can't shoot the people walking on their land. Treat this problem like a bar. Bartender sells to someone under age and gets caught, guess what happens. This is nothing but an attack on the President. Cut your own grass and we won't have this problem.

    July 1, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  24. Rang Tran

    Governor Brewer please does it by your own plan, do not trust Obama ; he just say without plan and does nothing. You can look back what did he do when he in office for more tahyan one anh half year? Nothing ??????????????????????????????????

    July 1, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  25. marcus

    Jan Brewer makes a mockery of public service by playing such blatant partisan and shallow games with important issues. She's quick to over-react with her states aggressive law and offers no solutions, except only to blame Obama at the behest of her Republican cronies to try and score cheap political points.

    Shouldn't she be doing her real job? Not busy trying to make the President look bad? How does any of her actions help her fellow Arizonians?

    July 1, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
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