Arizona Governor sues feds
February 10th, 2011
08:17 PM ET
4 years ago

Arizona Governor sues feds

(CNN) - Arizona Governor Jan Brewer announced Thursday her state has filed a countersuit against the federal government, seeking the authority to implement its own border security efforts.

"Security and border control is by far the number one issue right now in Arizona," Brewer said at a news conference. "Illegal immigration is costing us a billion dollars, a billion dollars a year to maintain the level we're at and the federal government sits by and does nothing."

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  1. Voice of Reason

    The governor has a long history of using scare tactics and grandstanding. This is no different. She'd just making sure that the media spotlight doesnt stray too far from her. (is it election time already?)

    February 10, 2011 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  2. Debbie

    John McCain will you please do something with this woman. She has really put your state in the bottom of the box.

    February 10, 2011 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  3. bob

    This person is nuts.

    February 10, 2011 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  4. Marie MD

    I would like for this woman to explain why this is such an issue now and it wasn't so much before 2009. Just wondering. I am sure it has absolutely nothing to do with our President because, if that were the case, she would have gone after the shrub's administration, right?

    February 10, 2011 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  5. vic nashville tn

    Too Too Late Governor Jan Brewer

    Before you sign the SB 1070 ok .Now your state lost lot of revenue now you want sue the fed give me a break.
    People travel east to west avoid Arizona best of luck Governor

    February 10, 2011 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  6. T'sah from Virginia

    The governor is SUING because she LOVES being in the news and, it's no longer about her!!

    February 10, 2011 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  7. duckbutter

    the feds do nothing but worry about getting elected and keeping there jobs,,,,go get em govenor....

    February 10, 2011 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  8. michaelam

    What is wrong with this bar fly? Under the Obama administration, illegal immigration is down, deportations have increased, and more border patrol agents were sent to Arizona! What part of that do you not get, Gov. Death Panel????

    Oh, my bad-–Republicans ignore facts; I forgot!

    February 10, 2011 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  9. Albo58

    As well Arizona should! Our country can no longer look the other way as illegal aliens soak up tax dollars in entitlement programs! Nor can we ignore the potential for terrorists and criminals that simply walk over our border and bring their activities to our country! This is NOT a racial-profiling issue, but rather a law enforcement issue because the laws are ALREADY on the books!

    February 10, 2011 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  10. Marcus

    "Illegal immigration is costing us a billion dollars, a billion dollars a year to maintain the level we're at and the federal government sits by and does nothing."
    Ma'am, it is very simple what will happen now:
    You manage to prove your point and, even without ANY judge in this country siding with you (the Constitution, ma'am, remember the Constitution? It states that Immigration laws are FEDERAL BUSINESS) you'll make a huge strike against the POTUS. The govt has been saying, and showing numbers and data, that proves that you are oh-so-wrong about this but if you prove that YOU are right, then the govt lied and faked data and numbers (all the GOPers in the House and Senate will thank you for that!!!), and the repercussions will last very long.
    But, if as it is more likely, you DON'T manage to prove your point then, without a doubt, you will show to the rest of the country how much you respect the Constitution, your voters' intelligence and the govt. that has been helping the Arizonans (Arizonians?) to deal with the illegal immigration problem.
    You showed your cards and placed your call, now it's time for the River...

    February 10, 2011 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  11. America fell asleep

    What else is new...How many businesses has her AG gone after who hire illegals in their businesses? She'd rather spend money on suing the Feds than using that money for life saving transplants for her citizens, who are dying because she cut that $ out of the medicaid program. Some chrisitan family values there eh?

    February 10, 2011 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  12. Americano

    Stoping people from coming in the country is one thing and racialprofiling is another.
    Detention and deportation of someone already in the country based on the way they look most be stoped.
    security at the border most be implemented and that's where you have to focus your effort Mrs. Brewer.

    February 10, 2011 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  13. Terry

    The lady is right. A secure border is the responsibility of the US government and they've failed.

    February 10, 2011 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  14. Donald

    Arizona should just secede. They take in more fed dollars then they contribute to the general well being of America. Who needs another paid of idle hands?

    February 10, 2011 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  15. liebermans peliosi arizonaflorida

    The worlds greatest dads.. Self proclaimed health care kings and .gov welfare queens hate "activist" judges while grooming all of their own in a fashion show of transparent high heeled hypocriiiisssy. THEY DONT MIND SUING ANYONE... Like a one million dollar newt gingrich corruption penalty payed by shadow friends for fake university courses in shadow land. Gee.. what does lady gaga have to say about all this? Where are those crucified dixie chicks when you really need them?

    February 10, 2011 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  16. Stu Migdol

    I'm a democrat who voted for Obama...But I must say Governor Brewer is right on this one!!! President Obama took the oath of office and swore to defend the Constitution and UPHOLD the laws of our land.

    I can not for the life of me understand why he is REFUSSING to UPHOLD OUR IMMIGRATION LAWS!!! What part of the word Illegal doesn't he understand???

    Perhaps it's time for the president to go if he continues to REFUSE TO DO HIS JOB... and allow these people to continue to make a joke out of our immigration laws!!!

    February 10, 2011 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  17. Peter E

    Translation 'I don't care what the feds tell us, we will have our own laws of immigration and secuirty. Oh, and btw, despite me spitting on the federal government... can we have federal taxpayer dollars to do with as we please in the name of security, without any regulation or oversight?'

    February 11, 2011 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
  18. Limbaugh is a liberal

    I thought republicans hate federal government interfering in a state, and I thought they hated government handouts. I thought republicans believe in cutting spending while giving tax cuts. Can't she just solve Arizona's problems by cutting taxes and eliminating spending?

    February 11, 2011 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  19. caliconor

    Has someone informed her that her state jurisdiction isn't above the federal government? This woman isn't very bright.

    February 11, 2011 01:14 am at 1:14 am |
  20. glenn robert

    National borders have always been a Federal responsibility. If you ever get all the illegals out of Arizona you will starve. 90% of the people in Imperial County Ca. are immigrants legal and illegal guess who works the fields?

    February 11, 2011 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
  21. Daniel

    Unbelievable monster Brewer...beyond scumbag!

    February 11, 2011 03:47 am at 3:47 am |
  22. Nudnik

    I'm a democrat who voted for Obama...But I must say Governor Brewer is right on this one!!! When President Obama took the oath of office and swore to defend the Constitution and UPHOLD the laws of our land.

    I can not for the life of me understand why he is REFUSSING to UPHOLD OUR IMMIGRATION LAWS!!! What part of the word ILLEGAL doesn't he understand???

    Perhaps it's time for the president to go if he continues to REFUSE TO DO HIS JOB... and allow these people to continue to make a joke out of our immigration laws!!!

    February 11, 2011 04:56 am at 4:56 am |
  23. Nudnik

    Speaking as a Democrat who voted for Obama I must say... I'm embarrassed it admit it. I don't understand why this administration continues to allow these ILLEGALS to violate and laugh at our immigration laws. They must think we're just one big joke here!!!

    When Obama was sworn into office he promised to defend and enforce our laws!!! Why he continues to turn his back on this one is beyond me...

    I think that if he refuses to DO HIS JOB... He would do best to "QUIT HIS YAKIN & JUST KEEP PACKIN!!!

    I won't be voting for him again!!!

    I'm with you Governor Brewer... You need to run for president!!! I'd hate to say this but...

    "At last, I finally found A WOMAN THAT REALLY HAS SOME BALLS HERE!!!

    GO GET 'EM JAN... I LOVE YOU!!!

    February 11, 2011 06:06 am at 6:06 am |