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. aprincess

    Anyone who supports Obama really doesn’t get it. Janet Napolitano was screaming to secure the borders in Arizona until she left office and joined the Obama administration. Now she states they are more secure than ever. Governor Brewer has only been in since Obama took over and sees the problem illegal immigration is doing to her state. She unlike Obama is a person of action, not talk. Obama has done absolutely nothing, NOTHING, to secure the Arizona borders. Also name me one good thing he has done since getting in office. He has quadrupled the debt, unemployment is rising, didn’t he say back in January that jobs were his number one priority, okay when has he made them that. He has pushed through the job killing, tax hiking, health care bill, done nothing to assist with the oil spill (except turn 13 countries away who offered help at the beginning of this mess). Governor Brewer is working for her the people of her state to ensure their safety and security. Obama is working for his next reelection (which won’t happen).

    July 1, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  2. Blaum

    at least somebody is getting to the president's ear..... because old Barry ain't done nothin'....

    July 1, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  3. wake up

    Isn't america sick of the pretty but empty political speech, lies and corruption of this failure of administration?

    Obama has done nothing but make Bush's debts way way worse, waste money, reward cronies, let the oil keep leaking and put us into generational debt.

    wake up people.

    July 1, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  4. Lori in St Pete

    Right on ThinkAgain on July 1st, 2010 at 12:02 pm ET! I've been saying exactly that for 20 years!

    July 1, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  5. Brian Durst

    When Obama was canditate for President he promised that if he became President he would make immigration reform a top priority. Well, as many are wondering.....what happened to that promise?

    July 1, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  6. Robert

    Brewer has demonstrated time and again that she is a simpleton and an opportunist. No President can just snap his fingers and instantly solve the problem of illegal immigration. Did she really expect President Obama to singlehandedly solve it within two weeks of meeting with her?

    July 1, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    It's obvious this woman knows nothing about process.
    The President doesn't make laws he signs them. So complain to the proper people- Congress.

    July 1, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  8. Steve in CT

    I've had it with racism being cried all the time. There is a legal way to immigrate to the US and if it's done any other way that person is a criminal coming in. If Obama was doing his job the borders would be secure now. But he's using the situation in exchange for votes in November. He's selling Americans for the hispanic vote and in so doing causing stress between the whites being robbed and killed and the Mexican Americans concerned about family getting in. Let them come in legally or there will never be peace. The one causing racism therefore is Obama. She's the only one with the 'nads to protect Arizonians of all races. Brewer for POTUS 2012. If he can't do his job he should step asside and let her do hers.

    July 1, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  9. wake up

    you obamabots have no idea about actually how america works. OBAMA HAS DIRECTED AND IS SUING ARIZONA FOR ENFORCING IT'S BORDERS. ILLEGALS CAN ONLY BE KICKED OUT OF THIS COUNTRY BY FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.
    So, Brewer isn't passing the buck....Obama is trying to secure his hispanic voting base. Obama is an empty suit, who just place race and gender games-see Kagan appointee, see Black Panters not being prosecuted by Holder...this president is a disgrace.

    July 1, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  10. Big Jilm

    As if this border problem with illegal immigration just started on January 2009. For the last few decades, your folks have been driving the "car" into the ditch and now you're complaining to the tow truck.

    Nice.

    July 1, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  11. keblaab

    Brewer for presidentt in 2012!!!!!

    July 1, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  12. SunnyD

    I just read someone here mentioned that maybe one day this woman can be president...yes please let her rise through the republican ranks and contiue the job palin is doing.

    I live in Az, this woman is pandering for votes. Remember that (or learn is probably what I shoudl be saying to most of you) she was not elected. Our governor is the head of the department of hopmeland security now she is the fill in until the election. I'll give her credit she knows the majority of the voter make up in the state and she is pandering hard core. All I hear when she says or does anything is "look at me, look at me" and I knwo that under her breath she says until I winthe gubernatorial election.

    July 1, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  13. Paul

    You go Jan Brewer! Jan is a new AmericanHero who is actually standing up and protecting the rights of her constituents! Jan has balls of steel and is sacrificing her political career and good name in a good faith effort the protect the citizens of AZ and the U.S. Everyone in this country owes her a debt of gratitude even if they do not agree with her methods. She is drawing a line in the sand and daring others to challenger her or come up with a better solution. She should be praised and not villified. I hope she is successful in making a difference for the entire country where illegal entry intothe United States is concerned.

    July 1, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  14. Patrick

    The writer of Obama must be stopped is a racist red neck Moron.

    July 1, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  15. ruty

    Have you people been to Arizona lately?It is time to get illegals back to their own country. If you want to be American--DO IT PROPERLY.GO HOME ILLEGALS and grow up. We did not take you to raise and take care of you. YOU illegals, no matter what country you came from,are bankrupting America and it is on MY dollar.

    July 1, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  16. Bill

    Gov.Brewer-

    That face of yours is enough to keep any person-legal or illegal from
    entering the state!

    July 1, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  17. Dale

    Arizona didn't step up – the governor just decided to get some photo ops as she's afraid for her job.

    Because she can't be bother to do anything she looks for a stooge and knows that the anger of a lot of nuts out there are happy to join in and blaming Obama for something he has little control over beyond yelling at Congress to do something (which he has ... oh, that's right, she and others like her want to forget that the Republicans don't want to bother doing anything beyond building a fence or maybe blowing a few illegals' heads off).

    Anyone who says Obama hasn't already done a lot of visual good for this country is once again looking through their white-colored glasses.

    July 1, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  18. rwdragon86

    Mr. President – please uphold part of your job and secure the border. Don't even talk about reform until after you've done your best to protect this country. So far you have been a huge disappointment in this area.

    July 1, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  19. Lynne D

    As usual, the conservatives are a day late and dollar short on their "concern" over yet another issue. First, it was the deficit and now it's border security. Although Bush gave lip service to reform, there will be NO immigration reform because of the Republicans. Their corporate money bags they rely on will not allow it because they love the cheap labor. All this talk about taxes driving manufacturing overseas is hogwash - its all about the cheap labor. If conservatives were serious about the illegal immigration problem, they would promote enforcement of the laws against the corporations who hire the illegals! As far as Brewer is concerned, she's another hack (like Rick Perry) who is only real constituency is the right-wing nuts.

    July 1, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  20. PDXSerric

    Obama isn't doing anything about the border? really?

    "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."

    A little but more than what Brewer is alluding to. How about instead of getting in front of a camera to tell the president to do his job we actually allow him to do it.

    It will be interesting to see how gung-ho Brewer is AFTER the midterm elections.

    July 1, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  21. Lori in St Pete

    I liken President Obama's first 4 years in office to an Advent calendar, but instead of a tiny treasure or a sweet treat, there's a big, steaming pile of elephant dung representing the policies of the previous administration hidden behind each little door.

    July 1, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  22. sensible Cape Coral FL

    At least she combed her hair for this picture.

    July 1, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  23. Pete

    And it is funny how the Federal response suddenly is so poor when in fact under Obama we have deported more illegals and spent more cash on policing the border in his first year than any other president EVER did, including W.

    July 1, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  24. Mike

    Too bad no one had the Backbone to tell the previous adminstation that caused all this mess to do their jobs..........Hypocrites!!!!!!

    July 1, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  25. jim

    Not just securing the border, but enforcing laws against employment of illegal immigrants, we don't need reform just enforcement of existing laws. The job of the President.

    July 1, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
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