Brewer feels snubbed by White House
April 20th, 2011
11:37 AM ET
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Brewer feels snubbed by White House

(CNN) – Jan Brewer, the Arizona governor who's sparred with President Obama over her state's controversial illegal immigration law, says she feels "snubbed" by the White House after not getting invited to an immigration summit there Tuesday.

Speaking to Fox News, Brewer said the summit - during which the president met with state and local leaders including New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, and AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka - should have included current governors of states that share a border with Mexico.

"You would have thought one of the governors would have been invited, since we are on the front lines fighting for security there," she said. "It was a little bit of a snub, if you will."

Brewer met with the president last June after she signed a controversial immigration law that is currently being challenged by the Justice Department. She later described the meeting as "very cordial" but said disagreements remained.

In an interview with CNN's John King later that month, Brewer said she would not be willing to work with the president on an immigration bill until the borders were secure.

"You know, everything's off the table, I believe, in Arizona until we get our borders secure," she said then. "That's our No. 1 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."

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  1. Charlie

    Why should the President invite Jan Brewer to the White House to talk about immigration. He wants smart people to discuss this important issue, not people like Bull Conner, and George Wallace.

    April 20, 2011 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  2. AZLib

    Why invite... Here is her words... No immigration reform... I'm done can I go home now?

    April 20, 2011 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  3. WV Carl

    I am an independent and I can tell you we are a country going broke and the cost that comes with educating and providing social services to illegal immagrants is draining us. We need to come up with a comprehensive immagration reform package, secure the borders and get our fiscal house in order. We need to face the facts, there must be some cuts made in social programs and everyone needs to pay their fair share of taxes. We need to do away with all the Bush tax cuts, noit just the ones fro people making over 250k, that will provide 1 trillion over ten years, but the other too, that provides 2.8 trillion over ten years. These are tough times and everyone needs to buckle down before we have to wipe our butts with the dollar because it will be worthless and we are all going down. It is time to make some sacrifices for our children and grandchildren. Like Joe Biden said it is patriotic to pay taxes, lets go with a flat tax, no exemptions or deductibles everybody pays are fair share.

    April 20, 2011 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  4. vic , nashville ,tn

    We don’t need her ideas specially when its comes to immigration

    April 20, 2011 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  5. Missy M.

    Gotta side with Gov. Brewer on this one. These immigration talks amount to little more than a dog and pony show. Sharpton and union leaders were invited but not those working on the front lines and dealing with the impact of illegal immigration/illegal drug smuggling problem. The only Arizona sheriff invited to the talks is a democrat – the republicans who deal with illegal immigrant trafficking and illegal drug smuggling trade were excluded from the talks. What's the point of discussing the issue if you only invite to the table people who are apt to agree with you? As someone who has supported the president on so many issues, I'm so very disappointed at this partisan approach to a very big problem in this country.

    April 20, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  6. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Of course the AFL/CIO gets invited. All those Republican-favored corporations that willingly hire Illegal Aliens are keeping jobs away from American (and Legal Immigrant) labor! What is ironic to me is the Obama administration had caught and deported more people who have illegally crossed our southern border (including Arizona) since taking office than was done by the previous administration in the same time frame (in fact, more so far than during either single Bush term), yet his administration is accused of being soft on Illegals!

    Governor Brewer is now reaping the results of her "my way or no way" politics, and she doesn't like it. Well, too bad. You aligned yourself with the extreme Right, and are now paying the price.

    April 20, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  7. Marie MD

    LOL! First of all. this whole birther thing is a sham. It is also a Federal NOT a state issue.
    What security are you fighting for? Hasn't mcnasty been your senator for years on end? Why hasn't he done something about it before 2008/2009?
    I forgot, he was vetting anyone to be his running mate!

    April 20, 2011 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  8. KatR

    I live in Arizona 60 miles from the border. 40 yrs ago border checkpoints were where they the border. Today the border checkpoints in our state are inside the USA located 30-50 miles from the border. So much for the freedom to travel in this state. In order to travel to our county seat in Bisbee to serve for jury duty we must stop at a border checkpoint. This is NOT the way to make the border secure.

    April 20, 2011 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  9. midas55

    Duh – you've made Arizona the laughingstock of the nation – you're an embarrassment to your own state and your country – and you should be invited to the White House why exactly? – I don't know – you look like an illegal alien to me – where's your birth certificate (oh that's right, it was politically expedient to veto that bill – let's see that's one for two on blatantly laws that you've supported!)

    April 20, 2011 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  10. JOHN IN AZ

    If Gov. Jan Brewer would change her attitude, she would probably get better cooperation from the White House.

    April 20, 2011 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  11. midas55

    Duh – you've made Arizona the laughingstock of the nation – you're an embarrassment to your own state and your country – and you should be invited to the White House why exactly? – I don't know – you look like an illegal alien to me – where's your birth certificate (oh that's right, it was politically expedient to veto that bill – let's see that's one for two on blatantly Unconstitutional laws that you've supported!)

    April 20, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  12. GI Joe

    In 50 more years, the population will be tan - quit fighting it. Black women are marrying wealthy white men at a very large rate. THEY know how to get what they need. So do the hispanic women. White women have emasculated men (i.e., palin wanting men to wear lace panties and fight like a girl, calling men limp and impotent, etc.). The orientals also appreciate white men. The tea-gaggers (women) are stupid.

    April 20, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  13. ted

    Jan Brewer needs BOTOX.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    April 20, 2011 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  14. Dan

    I read all these comments and the only thing that is clear is the seperation among the posters, Jan Brewer got the same amount of respect from Obama that she has given him. NONE. Trumpka, I would assume has an insight into the hiring practices of a lot of companies that employ undocumented workers. I also like the comments that assume if you are a democrat that you don't have a job or never worked a day in your life, Most of us have good jobs that pay more than 8 bucks an hour and can afford to pay our taxes, unlike these so called conservatives that want more than their double wide. It seems to me that with all the crying about taxes and them not wanting to pay them, their is two forms of welfare.l

    April 20, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  15. MiddleOfTheRoad

    Go whine to Palin. She'll teach you how to be a better "victim".

    April 20, 2011 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  16. kim

    @American doc- I am sorry, do you seriously believe your hype? That republicans pay more taxes? Clearly your title "American Doc" is a parody, because I know of NO doctors that would make such an ignorant broad statement, with no facts, figures, data or evidence that such a statement is valid. and FYI "doc" although I agree that the borders NEED to be secured, and want them closed, its a fact that most of these immigrants, like you and I, pay taxes on income made! If they do not its because corrupt republicans that hire them and pay them cash!

    April 20, 2011 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  17. Dan J

    Like it or not, Governor Brewer is a key player in the immigration issue. To not invite her is close-minded, offensive and against what Obama said he'd stand for

    April 20, 2011 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  18. marylandvoter

    i marvel at republicans. president obama is, allegedly, the worst president in history, or maybe tied jimmy carter. but, either way, why would governor brewer want to be invited to the white house? i remember newt gringrich feeling insulted having to exit the back door of the president 1, bill clinton; feeling insulted and abused! of course, newt did not mind trying to impeach bill clinton.

    in the future; any and all democratic party presidents, must always obey republican politicians. heaven forbid, if republican politicians feel excluded, despite their publicly announced: no compromise, any circumstances (with conspiracy talk of: "no dirty back-room deals", "shoved down our throats", "for and by the real 'WE THE PEOPLE', who own the United States of America"!

    April 20, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  19. Rosslaw

    She couldn't produce any of the headless bodies she said litterered the Arizona's landscape or her birth certificate.

    April 20, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  20. Sgt Joe

    @ Bob in PA: and neither should corporations be involved in politics but they are. How is that okay?

    April 20, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  21. Republican Robber Baron

    That's NOT it Jan. It is because you have NOTHING to offer and Arizona in particular has been hi-jacked by a bunch of right-wing extremists. No wonder business and tourism is so bad in AZ. I would actually like to move to AZ – but not with all the lunatics that running around in that state, proposing Birther bills and other extremist delusional agendas.

    April 20, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
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