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. Liz in Texas

    JC, you need to take a civics class because Democrats had a one person majority in the Senate during Bush's last two years and they absolutely no power to pass legislation.

    July 1, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  2. Potentate

    Built a catapult and send that worthless piece of crap that is called 'president' over the border since he seems to value everyone else on the planet and hates his own country.

    July 1, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  3. Larry

    These are "cheap shots" at our president. They're so obvious that they are "free shots". This is America, Barry. Try to remember that.

    July 1, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  4. E. Barnes

    Gov., where was your outrage when George Bush was President?

    July 1, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  5. Barbara

    Jan, while you're being 'outraged' and showing off for your party, I was just wondering if you could possibly be forthcoming about what it was that President George W. Bush or Senator John McCain did for Arizona with regard to the immigration problems?

    July 1, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  6. AZisright

    Kay, you have proven to be not only misinformed, but most likely uneducated to the point that you might need some assistance to make it through life. You do realize that McDonalds and Starbucks are not ran by the government right?!? So the U.S. is not forcing anything into another country. I believe those businesses (perceived as evil by you more than likely) are abiding by the host country's laws. Not only that, those businesses pay taxes and other types of revenues to those countries as well! They are LEGAL! We are talking about ILLEGAL immigration here!

    July 1, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  7. Tina, NC

    I just love how every important issue is now so urgent since the person they oppose got elected. Did this governor tell Bush too do his job when people in his OWN party held up immigration reform? Of course not! She would more than likely have been one of the ones holding it up. They scream at Obama to create jobs yet every single jobs bill that has passed the house has either died in the senate or is permanently stuck there because of REPUBLICANS. They complain about all of the people who are unemployed yet the REPUBLICANS refuse to extend the benefits to those same people they claim to care about. They rage on about how we were bailing out the banks, which most of them voted too do, yet they held up financial reform and now it is watered down to a meaningless bill because of REPUBLICANS. They are so critical of the way Obama is handling things in the gulf, including the "shackdown" of 20 billion, yet when it comes time to remove the cap on the liability of companies like BP it gets held up in the senate, once again by REPUBLICANS.

    I'm sick and tired of the Republicans whining about all of our problems and demanding immediate solutions when they were and are perfectly happy kicking the can down the road to save their own political futures.

    July 1, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  8. Nick

    It's time to seriously start talking about impeaching Obama.

    July 1, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  9. Blkman

    Wonder if she would be happy if he (President Obama) were to WALK on water! How about you did "your job" and all came out of it was your RACIST attitude.

    July 1, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  10. MatthewDetroit

    Apparently 70% of people in Arizona support their Governor.

    It is only the liberal left that wants to support Barack and his game of legalizing all the illegal aliens.

    Call it as it is people and stop making up wild statements.

    California has done a great job of driving themselves into debt.
    A LARGE portion of that debt is the spending on supporting ILLEGAL aliens...

    July 1, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  11. panterazero

    Steve: "Where are we, Pakistan? We don't have control of our own territory?"
    Depends on your definition of "we." The southern 100 miles of US territory, and the northern 100 miles of Mexican territory, are a seamless zone totally owned and controlled by US corporations and Mexican-managed "subsidiaries" - NOT by EITHER government except when Border Patrol officers are "hired" (bribed) by corporations. Ultimately, neither Republicans nor Democrats will cut into profits by restricting the flow of migrant labor within this "zone," and it's just too bad that the somewhat irrelevant "US-Mexican border" runs smack through the middle of it.

    No, it's not quite Pakistan - our borderlands are controlled by CEOs and CFOs, not warlords.

    July 1, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  12. Carlos

    Obviously the critics of the Governor on this board do not live in Arizona and do not have to put up with the crimes being committed by the illegals in that state. It is the President's job to keep the states safe. He is not doing his job.

    July 1, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  13. The Real America

    This is to whoever uses the name "Obama must go". The problem with this country is people like you who cannot stand that a gentlemen of mixed race is running this country. When is it ok to say someone must be tarred and feathered in this day and age. BUSH put this country is such a terrible situation and left it for Obama to clean up. Didn't hear all these outrageous opinions when one of yours was literally destroying this country.

    And for those of you who say he hasn't done anything just imagine if that were true. We all probably would be suffering a lot worse then those in lived through the GREAT DEPRESSION. So to the fake republican racist keep saying no and see where that we gets us.

    This country is racist and stupid. It just goes to show that when a speech is written at a 10th grade and it went over most American head. How dumb is that. These opinions of Obama just provide cover for your true racist thoughts.

    July 1, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  14. Blaming Bush has jumped the shark

    How long are people going to keep blaming Bush? It's getting a little old considering the Democrats controlled Congress since 2006.

    This problem existed under Bush but the fact is that people are starting to notice now as they become more involved in politics. People are fired up over Obama's mistakes. Things seem to be getting worse instead of better and Obama is making decisions that the majority of Americans don't agree with (Health Care and Immigration, etc.). This isn't the change for America that people had hoped. People voted for a less corrupt government with more transparency, but we're seeing the opposite.

    Bush wasn't the best president but Obama is proving to be even worse. He's not a leader.

    July 1, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  15. Rick49

    Let's see. We cannot secure our borders but have troops in 130 countries. What the H??? is going on?? Bunch of idiots.

    July 1, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  16. Nate

    Jan Brewer wasn't in office during the Bush years, so she could hardly have made her case back then. That was Janet Napolitano (a Democrat.) Napolitano is now the United States Secretary of Homeland Security, appointed by Obama. You would think that she would be in on this debate, wouldn't you? Back then Napolitano did send a bill to the Federal Government for all the state money that was spent coping with illegal immigration. I don't think that bill ever got paid.

    July 1, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  17. CY

    The problem has been existing before she was born!! Americans like to hire "undocumented workers" because they are cheaper. They are here because we have jobs that they can do and make good money than their own countries. And we have immigration law that cannot be enforced because of lack of money and man-power, so it becomes a joke. Everyone knwos we neeed a immigration reform, but no one can agree what that should be.

    July 1, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  18. Joseph PHX

    From the top to the bottom, all this is is politics. If anyone wanted to get anything done, it would be done already. Republicans and Democrats are no different from the Bloods and Crips except they have all the power and money. BS!!!

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

    Watch Clown Boys latests appearances and speaches......Apparently it is time to kick the old campaign into high gear.....The clown has been running for office for 6 years in high gear and does not how to do anything else....

    He is a career crook and politician and that is all he does is campaign.

    July 1, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  20. Kenny K

    What are the state representatives and senators (most especially John McCain) in DC saying about her problem? She need to talk to them to lead her in discussion with the president.

    July 1, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  21. Impeach

    I think there are clear reasons to impeach Obama. I hope the Republicans push for it when they regain Congress in November. Obama is neglecting his Constitutional duties and is one of the most corrupt presidents I've ever seen.

    July 1, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  22. Mike S., New Orleans

    It seems to me the 11 million plus illegal immigrants already in the US are the problem, not the hundred or so crossing the border each month.

    I wish this woman would do her job and quit groveling to be Sarah Palin's running mate in 2012.

    July 1, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  23. ron

    Hey Steve.....when you said...... "The federal response was to put up signs in Arizona saying the southern 80 miles of the US are unsafe to travel in"......, it reminded me of the fact that there are many miles of National Parks you are unsafe to travel in due to the fact that American drug runners are growing their pot in these parks, and if you happen to enter their "territory" you'll likely get shot. Why aren't you whining about that? What? Oh......you haven't found a way to blame Obama on that yet....lmao

    July 1, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  24. RTB

    Where was the Governor's big mouth when Georgey Bush was taking orders from Dick Cheney?

    Curious how these limp Republicans point such stiff fingers.

    July 1, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  25. Angela

    History will take care of President Obama when it writes he was the worst President in the history of these United States

    July 1, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
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