(CNN) – Republican Gov. Jan Brewer of Arizona had some biting words for the Obama administration Monday after it announced it was rescinding agreements that allow some local law enforcement officers to enforce federal immigration laws.
"They arbitrarily singled out Arizona and sent a bomb, if you will, across our bow and made Arizona once again a target," Brewer said on CNN's "John King, USA."
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The administration's decision came hours after the Supreme Court ruled to strike down key components of Arizona's 2010 immigration law.
The high court, however, let stand a controversial provision that allows police to check a person's immigration status while enforcing other laws. Brewer praised the decision as a victory for Arizona, saying the court did not touch "the heart" of the law.
But in a conference call with reporters Monday afternoon, an administration official said the administration will not allow Arizona's immigration priorities to become the Department of Homeland Security's priorities.
The administration is withdrawing the so-called 287(g) agreements with Arizona, under which state and local law enforcement agencies entered into a partnership with the DHS's Immigration and Customs Enforcement and were delegated authority for immigration enforcement within their jurisdictions.
Brewer, outraged by the announcement, argued the decision was politically-motivated and said the government was making Arizona "a target."
"The people of America ought to be outraged," she said. "This is absolutely an assault."
Asked if she plans to try to appeal the administration's decision, Brewer did not give a direct 'yes' or 'no,' only saying the federal government was abandoning the Grand Canyon State.
"I guess what (Obama) is telling us is, 'Arizona, you're on your own. Take it our leave it.' I guess he doesn't think we're part of the country, anymore," Brewer said.
Rep. Charles Gonzalez of Texas, chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, on the same program took issue with Brewer's choice of words, saying Arizona should be "reminded today that they are, in fact, part of this country."
"The Constitution does, in fact, apply to the state of Arizona, as well as other states," Gonzalez said. "It said no state is going to be above the Constitution."
And while the high court upheld the controversial provision of the law, Gonzalez said he expects it would lead to racial profiling "on a grand scale" and eventually come back under the court's hammer.
"My prediction is that the other shoe will drop and that this fourth provision will be ruled unconstitutional," he said.