May 16th, 2010
09:31 AM ET
11 years ago

Palin to Obama: 'Do your job, secure our border'

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin joined the national battle over Arizona's controversial new immigration law Saturday, appearing with Gov. Jan Brewer in Phoenix to denounce the Obama administration's criticism of the law."]
(CNN) - Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin joined the national battle over Arizona's controversial new immigration law Saturday, appearing with Gov. Jan Brewer in Phoenix to denounce the Obama administration's criticism of the law.

"It's time for Americans across this great country to stand up and say 'We're all Arizonans now and, in clear unity, we say Mr. President, do your job, secure our border,'" Palin said, standing beside Brewer at a Saturday afternoon press conference.

Brewer used the event to announce her first appointment to the state's new Joint Border Security Advisory Committee and the launch of a website to combat what she said was a national misinformation campaign about the state's new law.

Palin and Brewer, both Republicans, decried plans by opponents of the new law to boycott the state in protest.

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  1. Burke

    Sarah, We had way to much of you during the last election cycle, you quit your elected position before you completed your sworn duty, and now your are out commenting on what our Presidents responsibility is? What about your govenership, you 'kinda' bailed out on that didn't ya now, ya sure ya betcha. Please give us a break, and try to keep yourself out of the news just for the reason to keep your name in the news cycle. We have seen enough of you, go back to Wasilla and enjoy the view of Russia from your house.

    May 16, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  2. FactCheck

    Let me see if I understand this, according to Princess here, the Government is socialist, is too large and should be broken up... but since Arizona's Republicans have completely gutted the state of all funds, now you want the Federal government to "do their job"? I've heard more intellectual statements from the Taco Bell chihuahua.

    May 16, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  3. Brenda

    The majority in Arizona and the majority in the country support Arizona's law--numerous polls have shown this.

    And, on June 12-–there is going to be a huge rally in Phoenix-–and rallies throughout the country-–to show support for Arizona and the rule of law. Thousands are expected to show up for the rally in Phoenix at Bolin Park.

    The majority in the country are going to stop any/every attempt at amnesty-–just like they did 2 years ago.

    From the racist "ethnic studies" taught in Tucson-–which was teaching revolution and for Mexicans/Chicanos to reclaim the Southwest for Mexico--and/or illegals taking slots in our colleges (being allowed to pay less in tuition than US citizens)--US citizens have now woken up and are making their voices heard. Did you know that the citizens of Mexico are able to attend college for free???

    Enough is enough-–this is OUR country. These illegals need to go back to their own countries-–and protest/rally and demand their "rights".

    May 16, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  4. ted

    Hey Palin – GET a job and shut up.

    There are a great many of Arizonans that disagree with Gov Brewer, not to mention intelligent people around the country, maybe also in Wasilla WA. Racial profiling will be rampant in the dictatorship of Brewer. A lot of people will be harmed by this.

    Palin – you are an ex Governor and an ex candidate for high office. All you are now is a tool of the GOP and Faux news. You are a nobody and I for one would like for you to crawl back under the rock McCain found you under. Good bye.

    May 16, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  5. truthfulster

    All of the immigrant problems started after Bush Sr. started his "NEW WORLD ORDER" speech while he was running for president right after Reagen left. Clinton, Bush Jr. and now Obama ALL followed the same plan of lunacy, The republicans are just as guilty as anyone when it comes to illegal immigrant's. I think all these presidents should be locked up and the key thrown away for what they have done; unless they can prove why and how this plan could have helped "OUR NATION". The first thing we need to due now is STOP ALL SOCIAL BENEFITS to ALL illegal immigrants and lock up all C.E.O.'s, company owners and citizen's that employ these people. After a warning of these events and then their implementation we can start building the rest of the wall and bring our troops home from abroad to watch over our borders. Make sure anyone you vote for agrees with some or all of these ideas before you vote for them.

    May 16, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  6. Independent One

    Why didn't you ask Bush to do his job by securing the border....Hypocrite

    May 16, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  7. Belle

    The problem with Americans today , is the inability to think or judge without following party lines and in this case not being able to look past their hatred for Palin to even listen what she actually had to say.
    Illegal immigration is a major problem worldwide and it is imperative that something has to be done to secure borders for safety and security of all people who live in the country legally.
    Arizona has a lot of criminal activity along it's boarders , even resulting in death of innocent people , where is your compassion for them.
    Border security comes under federal law and it is long overdue that they address this issue.

    May 16, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  8. Marilyn

    I'm not a fan of Palin, but she is 100% correct on this. Arizona is also 100% correct. If the federal government won't protect our borders it is up to the individual states to do so. The majority of United States CITIZENS support them in this!!

    May 16, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  9. usualone

    This woman has no right to "preach." She quit her job and is making millions of dollars off of people who are suckered in by her "tough" talk. She did not do her job. When will people wake up. She should be no hero to anyone. Just because she talks tough, wow! people think she is great. She gets way too much press time. She is milking everyone and I am sure CNN loves that we comment so much on her. Maybe if we did not comment, they would stop running pieces about her. I write because I am simply appaulled that people are so gullible about Palin. Where did our education system go? As the saying goes something like "a sucker is born every minute." Those who like Palin should come up with a better ideal.

    May 16, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  10. Jefe

    I agree that the borders need to be secured, but Sarah Palin is absolutely not the right person to call for it. She comes from the n3oconservative faction of the Republican party, whom we know encouraged policies which resulted in skyrocketing illegal immigration under Bush. The preference of the 'cons has always been to let illegal immigration slip by so that more wealth can be redistributed to the corporations from the wallets of actual Americans.

    Sure, people can change their opinions and beliefs, but Palin was a big fan of George Bush, and a running mate of John McCain, both strong opponents of American Jobs. Does she really think she can fool anyone with an IQ higher than hers?

    May 16, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  11. TM in CO

    All you ever hear is about the border to the South. What about the Northern border? It is a whole lot longer than the south. What about the East and West coastlines? Start paying attention to all of them instead of focusing solely on the Southern border with Mexico. The last time I went to Canada, I was allowed back into the states without my id. All they cared about was whether or not I'd won anything at the casinos over on the Canadian side of Niagra Falls................Easy access for terrorists.

    May 16, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  12. kate

    Hmm....Think McCain has been in Washington a lot longer tha Obama.
    Why don't you tell McCain to do his job. This happened mostly on his watch in Congress. Palin doesn't have her own beliefs on issues. She only says what she is told. SHE TELLS OBAMA TO DO HIS JOB? She quit hers so she could tromp across the country pushing her values on everyone...... trying to look beautiful...which she fails at that too. McCain only does what gets him political capital. Both these people need to go.

    May 16, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  13. kierthos

    I find it ironic that a person who quit her government job 18 months early is telling someone else how to do their job.

    May 16, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  14. ThinkAgain

    No one cared about illegal immigrants being in our country, until Karl Rove and Fox created this issue back in 2006 or so, as yet another ploy for riling up their ignorant, hateful, fearful "base."

    May 16, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  15. Jim

    Palin, the quitter, telling someone else to do their job? That's rich.

    Does she think Mexicans have been coming into the country only since 2008?

    May 16, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  16. BobH

    It's extraordinary to me that people with no knowledge of border security act like it's just a matter of rolling up our sleeves and doing it. As if Reagan, Bush 1, Clinton, Bush 2 and Obama have all just been asleep at the wheel for the past three decades.

    It's really emblematic of the Tea Party in general, which boils every problem down to a single, easy solution based on a complete lack of understanding of the problem.

    May 16, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  17. ThinkAgain

    You know, there's nothing easier than reading words that someone else wrote.

    The most work Palin does in a day is sit in a chair while someone does her hair and makeup. Oh, and she has to put on clothes and shoes that someone else bought her.

    May 16, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  18. addon

    Palin is naseauating. If she were president, she couldn't find her way to the bathroom, let alone run the country.

    What vaccous rube we almost had as our Vice President. We really dodged a bullet.

    May 16, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  19. ex-republican since McCain picked disgusting Palin

    Go back to your job Govenor, OH I forgot you QUIIT!!! You do anything to start trouble for my Prez, you are so bitter you lost the election. Hey woman, he beat you big time, get over it. And before you tell someone to do their job, you do yours, go home and take care of your family you are always talking about protecting from the media you phoney, hate stirring, , glory seeking, pandering, annoying woman. I love some of you guys comments about her. Oh and for those very few that stick up for palin and say we are afraid of her, NOT! What we are afraid of is that there are still a few of you that take her serious.

    May 16, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  20. Bob (Illinois)

    I see the Mouth That Roared is still making stupid noises. She needs to go back to Alaska and get a job.

    May 16, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  21. ThinkAgain

    McCain has been representing Arizona in the Senate for how many years? And exactly WHAT has he done about illegal immigration except propose amnesty?

    Go to his Senate Web site and look under the "Issues & Legislation" tab – immigration isn't even listed!

    May 16, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  22. Laverne

    Palin is the biggest phony there is. She has some nerve to tell anybody anything. She quit her job because she couldn't handle the pressure, she much rather gallop around the country running her big mouth about stuff she know nothing about and collect big bucks from dummies who don't know any better. Sarah Palin is an opportunist and will retrieve as usual once it is time to answer real questions. She is a loser!

    May 16, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  23. ThinkAgain

    "L" thank you for your reasoned list of changes that need to be made to eliminate the incentives for people coming to our country illegally.

    I have often said that if there weren't people in the US willing to break the law by hiring illegal workers, they wouldn't come.

    May 16, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  24. Debbie from Arizona

    Please, Sarah, do not call yourself an Arizonan. As an Army veteran and Arizona citizen since 1978 (who happens to live five miles from the Mexican Border), we do not need you. I personally find you offensive, you quit your elected job as governor to cash in on the ignorance of so many. You have no right to tell anyone, let alone our President to do his job. Have you ever heard the old saying, "People who live in glass houses, shouldn't throw stones." ? No? I didn't think so.

    May 16, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    Arizona has a governor, Jan Brewer, who was not elected by the people of Arizona and Palin someone who quite being governor of Alaska trying to call the shots? Brewer is importing her religion into the State of Arizona and she clearly has an unconstitutional agenda and is clearly prejudice, slimy really. I say stop illegal immigration of Brewer/Palin religious fanatics into the Government of the United States of America at all levels. Vote her out Arizona.

    May 16, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
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