July 28th, 2010
04:13 PM ET
10 years ago

McCain, Kyl 'deeply disappointed in the court's ruling'

(CNN) – Arizona Sens. John McCain and Jon Kyl released a statement Monday regarding the United States District Court of Arizona's decision:

"We are deeply disappointed in the court's ruling today and disagree with the court's opinion that the Arizona's law will unduly 'burden' the enforcement of federal immigration law.

"Instead of wasting tax payer resources filing a lawsuit against Arizona and complaining that the law would be burdensome, the Obama Administration should have focused its efforts on working with Congress to provide the necessary resources to support the state in its efforts to act where the Federal government has failed to take responsibility."

"After this decision, it's even more important to implement our Ten Point Border Security plan to protect Arizonans and our country."

Read a statement from Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer after the jump.

"We don't know exactly where we are going to go. We knew that regardless of what happened today one side or the other side was going to appeal. ... So this begins the process," Brewer said. "This is an injunction. They have not heard the merits of the bill. ... This is just an injunction, a temporary injunction.

"We are going to continue to request that we get heard on this and the citizens of Arizona are protected.

"I think it is important that they, the federal government, got relief from the courts to not do their job. That means now they have got this temporary injunction, they need to step up and do the job that they have the responsibility to do for the people of America and the people of Arizona." -Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer.

Filed under: Arizona • Immigration • issues • John McCain • Jon Kyl
soundoff (68 Responses)
  1. byron

    Isn't McShame part of the federal government? Oh wait, he's not, he's part of the Tea Bagger Nation now. Opps!

    July 28, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  2. McMaverickNot

    Come on, McCain, refudiate the AZ law. You know you want to.
    I can't spend my days watching Graham and Lie-berm being all mavericky. Maybe Scott Brown's my new poster boy.
    Hey anyone see how Newt stole Islamophobia from Palin? Refudiated her intelligence level or what?

    July 28, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  3. annie s

    Hey John, what about that fence you were against before you had to run for re-election?

    July 28, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  4. La Piovra

    Really? What self-styled maverick and reputed cannibal turned on his own legislation to walk lock-step with the Party of No?

    July 28, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  5. Dumbasrocks [R]s

    Translation: "we are deeply disappointed that, after years of ignoring the imigration laws at the behest of our big-business puppetmasters so they could reap profits from cheap imigrant labor, the court would rule against our current attempt to ostricize this same defenseless group of people as a means to score cheap political points with this nation's rightwing underbelly."

    July 28, 2010 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  6. Whimsy1

    To my sainted Senators Kyl and McCain,
    Don't you understand that YOU are the federal government? As I recall, the House and Senate are part of the Federal Government.

    Where have you been for the past 20 years? Where are your immigration reform bills in the Senate? Where are your federal bills to secure the borders? Where are the funds to pay for increased border security? The Obama Administration has sent more assets to guard our borders than any other president. How convenient that you overlook that.

    The judge was quite correct in blocking certain illegal portions of the Arizona law. Even AZ police are against this bill.

    Quit pointing fingers at the current Administration. YOU are the legislative branch.... so legislate federal immigration reform and get the House of Representatives to fund it.
    Man up and take responsibility for your inability to accomplish border security in all the years you've been in office!

    July 28, 2010 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  7. Larry

    John McCain abd Jon Kyl–

    We're really disappointed with you too!

    July 28, 2010 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  8. keeth in cali

    Why didn't you guys fix it when you all had the WH and Congress? Cuz you were just as spineless then as the Dems are now, and should you recapture one or both houses of Congress this year, you'll become wimps again. It's easy to sit back and criticize; it's much hard to be a stand up party with a backbone and actually do something about it.

    July 28, 2010 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  9. rdepontb

    Mssrs Kyl and McCain,

    As Arizona's two leading politicians and public servants, it has been within YOUR power to bring this most precious matter to the front. How in the world can you both now try to dump this off on Obama, on the poor judge in this ruling, on, in fact, anyone but yourselves and your grand party?

    I agree with most of the postings here-your actions are hypocritical, to say the least, sirs. You and your party have indeed started paying for your untenable resistance to anything Obama, anything Democratic. Shame on you both.

    July 28, 2010 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  10. GuyinVA

    We are being invaded on a daily basis. The current administration officially sided with the invaders, and "they" won. "Comprehensive immigration reform" is no longer needed. They got their amnesty today. Only the federal government can enforce immigration law, and they are not going to do it. I know full well that no past administration has had the political will to tackle illegal immigration either, but this is the first one to publicly side with those invading this nation. What a bunch of cowards.

    July 28, 2010 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  11. Sharron

    McCain was against this Fence when he was running for President, and what about the Republicans and Bush for the last 8 years, where were they on immigration reform? Why didn't they do anything then, why aren't these Republicans trying to do anything now they are the Government.......they aren't stepping forward because they don't know what side to be on at the moment and they don't want to do anything because they think it will hurt them in November.....they speak out of both sides of their mouths.......what a bunch of losers.......so glad McCain and Palin didn't get elected and I hope McCain loses his election in November

    July 28, 2010 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  12. Larry

    Just another activist judge and the will of the people of AZ is obstructed. Too bad our open borders President can't step up to the plate to actaully enforce our nations laws. Too busy out doing what he does best – campaigning and blaming the GOP for his own incomptence.

    July 28, 2010 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  13. Jon

    I've never been more deeply disappointed in a politician than I am in John McCain. I used to respect him and even considered voting for him in the last presidential election until Sarah Palin got on board. Ever since that decision he's done nothing but prove he's a politician like all the rest, more concerned about his career than about the welfare of the people he's supposed to represent.

    July 28, 2010 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  14. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    Will we have to secure Montana's borders also? Arizona should just secede and refuse all of that Socialist federal money...

    July 28, 2010 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  15. Johnny B

    I love how suddenly it's the Democrats fault for "doing nothing to stop Illegal Immigration." Where was the "Maverick" when Bush was in office,
    why was nothing done then? Oh that's right the GOP love Illegals to work for them so they can pay lower wages...

    July 28, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    Translation: "Constitution? what Constitution? Come on now...everyone knows the Constitution doesn't count when white people are angry and scared about brown people. If we can't find some way of spending the trillions of dollars it would cost to deport 20M+/- brown people...and FAST...we're going to lose our majority status even sooner than most sociologists have predicted when some smarta$$, probably another brown person, enacts legislation providing these people with a reasonable, cost-effective pathway to citizenship and tax-payer-hood. This is ridiculous. Everyone knows we're supposed to be able to ignore the Constitution whenever it is politically expedient."

    July 28, 2010 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    "We have a problem....
    It's your job to fix it...
    You don't do anything...
    We try....
    You say no you can't....
    You continue to do nothing..."

    You sure you're not talking about the GOP with respect to health care, the economy, broken regulatory agencies and IMMIGRATION? Yes, IMMIGRATION. Every single time the Dems in Congress attempt to do ANYTHING with the immigration problem, the GOP starts the "scare whitey" strategery and broadcasts complete nonsense such as their favorite phrase in response to this problem: "it's not the right time." Don't even try to pin doing nothing on the Dems. You've been whining non-stop since January 2009 that they want and now have done too much...all while the GOP has done everything it can to make sure that nothing is done. The FACTS just plain old don't support your poppycock attempt at snark.

    July 28, 2010 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  18. Moby

    No worries. Look at the bright side. I can afford a full time housekeeper and lawn guy if they are illegal.

    July 28, 2010 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  19. JonDie

    One country, one immigration policy = sanity
    50 states with 50 different immigration = insanity, chaos and anarchy

    No wonder Republicans continually vote to create chaos and anarchy. They usually get the "fear" vote.

    July 28, 2010 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  20. ME

    Both McCain and Kyl have had the opportunity to work on immigration reform for years but chose to ignore because it didn't suit their re-election needs. Now, they decide to yell fire in a crowded theater in order to raise the ire of their constituents and make themselves look good. The truth is, President Obama's administration has done more in 20 months than George W. did during his entire 8 yrs. in office. If Governor Brewer has a problem with the Feds then she should sue them, not sign a law that violates the 14th amendment. If she thinks illegals cost Arizona too much, wait until she sees how much the lawsuits from US citizens costs.

    July 28, 2010 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  21. JonDie

    "McConnell: Tea Party not racist"
    Posted: July 28th, 2010 03:47 PM ET

    JonDie: Tea Party and McConnell ARE racists
    Posted: July 28th, 2010 05:24 PM ET

    July 28, 2010 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  22. az res

    Shame on both of you! You have been in congress all this time and did NOTHING about this problem. I love all the idiot postings on here that we should let the illegals go back out and rape and kill. Are you people stupid? If you took some time to educate yourself, you would see that its NOT them that are commiting the majority of the crimes. I cant wait to get a REAL senator for our state. The only thing you will be remembered for is unleashing that idiot half governor on us!

    July 28, 2010 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |

    Let me tell you, I started out as a carpenter and saw first hand exactly what cheap illegal labor does to the tradesman of America. The Corporate Home Builders use concrete and framing crews comprised totally of illegal labor, the work is substandard but cheap. It resulted in decreasing the price per square foot that local framers and concrete men were getting to a point that many just gave it up. The Mexicans would show up in a van, catch and eat seagulls and ducks at the job site for lunch and then at quitting time head for a house that had 16 or 17 of them crammed into it. They would save up their money, send for their wives and kids, knock their wife up immediately so she could have her baby at the Emergency room free of charge and have an anchor baby. People that say they don't hurt America are full of crap, they suck up our social services like a sponge including our public schools where they pay zero taxes to put their kids. Yeah, I'm pissed, I want a prosperous America and good public schools for my kids, I paid for it and I don't want to give it to some illegal so some Corporate A-hole can make a bigger profit.

    July 28, 2010 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  24. Sande

    It is NEVER about RACE, however, the Bush administration were in charge for eight years and Arizona was as silent as a church mouse, as illegal immigrants kept jumping their walls and compromisint their boundries. Not once did Arizona think of passing an Immigration Law, but now that President Obama is in office they now move with great urgency to sign into Law a flawed immigration bill for the state of Arizona and are now DEMANDING the Federal government to do their JOB. The influx of illegal immigrants did not begin with President Oboma's election, so where were Jan Brewer and the rest of her bigot party when President Bush was in office? Remember it is NEVER about RACE.

    July 28, 2010 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  25. bkbf

    How many US citizens have to die before the Gov. does anything? The ACLU and Mexico love the ruling. Most people running their mouth on this blog don't live on the border or have any idea how scared people are. Obama is anti-American. The worst president ever.

    July 28, 2010 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
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