July 8th, 2010
06:05 PM ET
12 years ago

Arizona nears $500K to defend immigration law

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/06/17/art.brewer.wh.jpg caption="Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's legal defense fund has received almost $500,000 in contributions."](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.

According to an executive order signed by Brewer on May 26, the contributions will be used for "the promotion of border security interests, the legal defense of the Governor related to Senate Bill 1070, and other interests of the state."

Arizona's immigration law, which orders immigrants to carry their alien registration documents at all times and requires police to question people if there's reason to suspect they're in the United States illegally, was signed into law on April 23.

Filed under: Arizona • Immigration • Jan Brewer
soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. josh

    I just do get why Arizona is getting so much flack from people when all they're doing is what the federal government should be doing anyway. That is, keeping their citizens safe and their homes safe.

    July 8, 2010 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  2. Four and The Door

    I'll bet the liberal lawyers are lining up waiting to get their 15 minutes of fame by challenging the fundraising for this defense fund. That's just unfortunately what has become of the once respectable profession. Let's see who steps up first.

    July 8, 2010 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |

    I am disappointed about this type of contributions aimed for the defense of a law that fosters and teachers discrimination. From the inception of this law, now I know that I am different, I am a Mexican, a US Citizen, \but a Mexican. What are 9,067 contributors, so far, aiming to preserve in AZ? what type of quality of life? To ensure a discriminatory frontier? the separation from the Federation? or just because members of the minority (including the president) are acting within the constitutional laws requesting redress for laws passed against the citizenry? What good are they looking for?

    July 8, 2010 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  4. Bob

    A real shame that Arizona must defend a law that is perfectly legal against the Federal government. I think it is just that the Feds are embarassed that someone is taking up where they have failed. And what do police do when investigating a crime? They ask questions of suspecious people. Remember – being in America illegally IS a crime!

    July 8, 2010 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  5. National Security

    "Well done" to the Arizona Governor for doing what the federal government is responsible for: security of our borders. I don't believe that border security, cleaning up the oil spill, the economy, immigration reform, or national defense are high on the administration's priority list since campaigning for Democowards is the "real" number one priority until November. The Arizona Governor has more cajones than the rest of the governors. At least she's concerned with the safety of her state and her citizens and takes action to do something about it. Actions, not words or photo ops, is what gets things done and demonstrates leadership.

    July 8, 2010 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  6. ConstitutionalPatriot

    I think I will make a donation today. Those in Washington who have done nothing have no right to stop Arizona from protecting herself and her citizens. It is time for the states to put the feds in their place and tell them to mind their own business. Good job Jan and god bless Arizona for having the guts to take common sense steps regardless of what the whackos in Washington say!

    July 8, 2010 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  7. A HA

    Wish you good luck in defeating the govement on this issue. Looks like this administration likes to pick and choose who it sues and high time this administration listens to the people of this country and stops pandering to those not leagally in this country. It really seems it dont want to hold the black panthers to civil law but wants to sue az for trying to do so. Seems the only ones without a voice in this country nowdays is the ones rightfully aloud too

    July 8, 2010 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    So Arizona spent $500K... Why then ignore however much tax payer money the Federal Government has and will continue to spend on pursuing a lawsuit against a state that has passed a reasonable law that is more lenient that the federal law that is already in place?

    July 8, 2010 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  9. Superhiro

    Sounds impressive, but if you read the information in this story, what you actually come away with is... Out of the millions of people in this country, only 6300 people were willing to give money to protect this insane law. Not really a majority is it? Not even in Arizona.

    July 8, 2010 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  10. Paul H

    And the money game is afoot once again.

    July 8, 2010 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  11. President Obama's "porkulus" package is bringing home the bacon!

    Ok, that will take you through Wednesday of the first week, then what?

    July 8, 2010 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  12. Ruth

    I LOVE it. The illegals come here -protest if we don't kiss their butts. They carry signs that are disrespectfull to this nation–refuse to speak the language and that is just the tip of the iceberg. Go home illegals–come back when you can do it right.

    July 8, 2010 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  13. Remember the Alamo

    Go after them Arizona. There are plenty of Texans that feel the same way you people do. Only we have a gutless Govenor who is afraid he will run off mexican vots. THE STUPID IS ONLY DREAMING THAT ANY OF THEM VOTED FOR HIM ANYWAY. He should do the right thing right now and folloW suit with Arizona as should New Mexico and California. All gutless States that will set on their asses waiting for OBAMA to take charge and be a man. THIS WILL NEVER HAPPEN FOR HE IS MUSLIM THROUGH AND THROUGH. HE WANTS THE DEMISE OF ALL INFIDELS.

    July 8, 2010 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  14. Len (Colorado)

    Some very important facts about Gov. Jan Brewers administration>

    This year beginning in March, 2010-–the Republican party and Jan Brewer did the following for the people of Arizona:
    1. Eliminated 350,000 people from Medicare.
    2. Eliminated 47,000 children from Kids Care...Health care for children.
    3. Cut funding for Secondary and Higher Education.
    4. Eliminated registration in the State of Arizona for the purchase of Guns. No Registration needed to buy a gun!!!!
    5. Immigration Law, which is unconstitutional.

    Where were all you conservatives during the Bush Administration when nothing was done with the immigration law.

    Just look at what Jan Brewer has done to the residents of Arizona. All you Christians who go to church every sunday should be proud. I think Jesus said, we should help all those in need......

    Right wing hypocrits!!!!

    July 8, 2010 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  15. southern cousin

    Thanks for the information on where to send money. Of course the Obozo administration, being the corrupt, incompetent, inept fools they are will spend millions of our hard earned tax dollars on this farce. IMPEACH OBOZOD.

    July 8, 2010 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  16. w l jones

    Where Arizonian get that kind of money!.. when I past through there in the fifties it were so dry tumble weeds would not grow in that soil.

    July 8, 2010 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
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