(CNN) – Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has come to the defense once again of one of her fellow "mama grizzlies" but this time using a distinctly masculine metaphor.
In the wake of the Obama administration's partial judicial victory last week in the litigation over Arizona's controversial immigration law, Palin said on "Fox News Sunday" that Arizona's female Republican governor has "the cojones that our president does not" when it comes to securing America's borders.
"This is a temporary suspension of some of the key elements in the law that [Arizona Gov.] Jan Brewer pushed hard for Arizonans and for the rest of the country to have the result of us being more secure," said Palin.
She added, "And, Jan Brewer, bless her heart, she's going to do all that she can to continue down the litigation path to allow secure borders because she's – Jan Brewer has the cojones that our president does not have to look out for all Americans – not just Arizonans – but all Americans in this desire of ours to secure our borders and allow legal immigration to help build this country. . . . if our own president will not enforce a federal law, more power to Jan Brewer . . . to do what our president won't do."
According to Merriam-Webster.com, the word "cojones" is a Spanish term for male reproductive organs. It also can be used as slang for "nerve" or "boldness."
In an exclusive interview Tuesday on CNN’s John King, USA, Gov. Jan Brewer, R-Arizona, said until the borders are secure, she has no interest in working with President Obama on passing a comprehensive federal immigration bill that includes a path to citizenship for the millions of undocumented immigrants in the country.
“I would tell him: Secure our borders,” Brewer told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King after King asked how the Arizona Republican would respond if Obama asked for her help with an immigration bill after this November’s midterm elections. “You know, everything's off the table, I believe, in Arizona until we get our borders secure. That's our number one priority. It's unfortunate it has to be that way. But the people of Arizona, the people of America, have been promised that our borders would be secured for years and years and years, with it not happening.”
When it comes to immigration, Brewer added that she thought the public – in Arizona and throughout the country – was not interested in discussing anything other than securing the borders.
“Let's take care of this issue of illegal immigration [by securing the borders]. Then we can sit down and be open and have good dialogue to discuss what it is that [Obama] would like to accomplish,” Brewer also told King.
In a prior appearance nearly two months ago on CNN’s John King, USA, Brewer defiantly said she would see Obama’s Justice Department in court when asked about the possibility that the federal government might challenge her state’s immigration law.
(CNN) - A Phoenix police officer's challenge to the new immigration law in Arizona could be settled in a court hearing Thursday.
Phoenix police officer David Salgado has sued Arizona's Gov. Jan Brewer and is asking a federal judge to stall the implementation of the law until it can be proved that it is constitutional.
Brewer has asked the judge to dismiss the lawsuit.
Washington (CNN) – Arizona Sens. John McCain and Jon Kyl endorsed fellow Republican Jan Brewer Monday for her own four-year term as governor.
"There has been no stronger defender of the State of Arizona than Governor Jan Brewer," McCain said in a joint statement he released with Kyl. "From border security to health care to job creation, Governor Brewer has consistently stood up for our state."
Brewer succeeded Gov. Janet Napolitano in January 2009 when Napolitano resigned to become President Obama's Secretary of Homeland Security.
(CNN) - Within hours of the Justice Department's announcement Tuesday that it would file a lawsuit challenging Arizona's tough new immigration law, thousands of contributions began flowing in to a legal defense fund set up by Gov. Jan Brewer to defend the bill she signed in April.
By the end of Wednesday, more than 6,300 donations totaling more than $300,000 had been processed through KeepAZsafe.com. More than 10,000 contributions totaling nearly $500,000 have rolled in to the fund since its inception in mid-June, according to an analysis conducted by the state and provided to CNN.
The donations, which range from $5 to $2,000, have come from every state in the country.
(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."
(CNN) - A labor union representing nearly 20,000 border patrol agents and staff Friday disputed comments made by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer that most illegal immigrants coming across the southern border are smuggling drugs.
Brewer initially made the comments earlier this month during a debate of Republican gubernatorial candidates. She repeated them Friday when asked by a reporter for the basis of the claim.
"Well, we all know that the majority of the people that are coming to Arizona and trespassing are now becoming drug mules," Brewer said. "They're coming across our borders in huge numbers. The drug cartels have taken control of the immigration.
(CNN) - Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer is fuming over a comment by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to an Ecuadorean television station that the government will file a lawsuit against Arizona's new immigration law.
In a statement Thursday, Brewer said she learned of plans for the lawsuit from the June 8 interview Clinton gave to NTN24.
According to a transcript of the interview, Clinton said that President Barack Obama had spoken out against the law because he believes the federal government should set immigration policy.
"And the Justice Department, under his direction, will be bringing a lawsuit against the act," Clinton said in the interview.
On Thursday, a Justice Department spokesperson said no final decision had been made on the matter.
"The department continues to review the law," said the spokesperson, Tracy Schmaler.
Brewer's statement said she was "stunned and angered" by Clinton's statement that a lawsuit would be filed.
Los Angeles (CNN) - The executive director of Arizona's Democratic Party says passage of the state's immigration law is energizing Latinos to become politically active and register to vote with his party.
"We are seeing voter registration increase with higher numbers and swinging our way," said Louis Heredia, executive director of the Arizona Democratic Party. "The sense is that (Latinos) are now focused on the need to participate."
Heredia says the number of registered Democratic voters has jumped from about 100 a week to 500 a week during May, as party officials actively pursued residents at events protesting the immigration legislation that was signed into law by Republican Gov. Jan Brewer in April.
"I am not terribly concerned about a backlash," said state Republican Party Communications Director Matthew Roberts. "A lot of Hispanic and Latino groups are contacting our office telling us that they are hearing from people satisfied with the immigration reform."
Updated registration tallies will be released by Arizona's Secretary of State next month, however, registration forms do not ask for an individual's race or ethnicity.