June 25th, 2012
07:19 PM ET
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Brewer: Obama admin launched 'assault' on Arizona

(CNN) - Republican Gov. Jan Brewer of Arizona had some biting words for the Obama administration Monday after it announced it was rescinding agreements that allow some local law enforcement officers to enforce federal immigration laws.

"They arbitrarily singled out Arizona and sent a bomb, if you will, across our bow and made Arizona once again a target," Brewer said on CNN's "John King, USA."

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The administration's decision came hours after the Supreme Court ruled to strike down key components of Arizona's 2010 immigration law.

The high court, however, let stand a controversial provision that allows police to check a person's immigration status while enforcing other laws. Brewer praised the decision as a victory for Arizona, saying the court did not touch "the heart" of the law.

But in a conference call with reporters Monday afternoon, an administration official said the administration will not allow Arizona's immigration priorities to become the Department of Homeland Security's priorities.

The administration is withdrawing the so-called 287(g) agreements with Arizona, under which state and local law enforcement agencies entered into a partnership with the DHS's Immigration and Customs Enforcement and were delegated authority for immigration enforcement within their jurisdictions.

Brewer, outraged by the announcement, argued the decision was politically-motivated and said the government was making Arizona "a target."

"The people of America ought to be outraged," she said. "This is absolutely an assault."

Asked if she plans to try to appeal the administration's decision, Brewer did not give a direct 'yes' or 'no,' only saying the federal government was abandoning the Grand Canyon State.

"I guess what (Obama) is telling us is, 'Arizona, you're on your own. Take it our leave it.' I guess he doesn't think we're part of the country, anymore," Brewer said.

Rep. Charles Gonzalez of Texas, chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, on the same program took issue with Brewer's choice of words, saying Arizona should be "reminded today that they are, in fact, part of this country."

"The Constitution does, in fact, apply to the state of Arizona, as well as other states," Gonzalez said. "It said no state is going to be above the Constitution."

And while the high court upheld the controversial provision of the law, Gonzalez said he expects it would lead to racial profiling "on a grand scale" and eventually come back under the court's hammer.

"My prediction is that the other shoe will drop and that this fourth provision will be ruled unconstitutional," he said.

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Filed under: 2012 • Arizona • Immigration • Jan Brewer • TV-John King U.S.A.
soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. manhandler1

    Wrong Brewer.....Your riight wing loonies are the ones that made Arizona a target, not Obama.

    June 25, 2012 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  2. Four and The Door

    Of course Arizona is a target for the hyper-partisan Obama Administration. The governor is a Republican. So instead of trying to help Arizona secure its national borders, the Obama Administration comes out against the state. It's interesting what Obama thinks national leadership involves. I think the country would be better off with a President who can rise above their own political party and do what's right for the nation. Mitt Romney has already shown as governor that he can rise above the political mess and govern for the good of the population.

    June 25, 2012 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  3. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Uh.. It's the Supreme Court telling you that, Jan.... They're saying you don't get to play God when it comes to Federal Immigration laws.

    June 25, 2012 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  4. alleygator

    The woman is paranoid. She embodies the premise of Richard Hofstadter's 1964 Harper's Magazine article, "The Paranoid Style in American Politics." What is it about Arizona?

    June 25, 2012 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  5. jane

    Finally Obama has learned you can't reason or compromise with the devil......

    June 25, 2012 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  6. DarthCO

    Arizona, your governor is a nut job and in complete denial of the SCOTUS's ruling. The provision the court let stand is in direct conflict with the 14th Amendment and that has not yet been challenged. Do yourself a favor and get a real leader.

    June 25, 2012 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  7. Dr Matrix

    I'm so happy to no longer be living in AZ. This governor and the part time state government are a joke who have no concept of what they're doing. Want to stop illegal immigration? Enforce the emplyer sanction law in AZ. No jobs and they won't walk across hundreds of miles of desert at 115 degrees to work for minimum wage. The problem with that is it would target the white folks in AZ and in a place like that only brown people are bad.

    June 25, 2012 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  8. abe

    I understand that we need to fix the immigration law but not the way the governor of Arizona and its arrogant sheriff are trying to impose a rule on immigrants and forgetting their is law of the land. Congress should take the issue and solve the problem and not give ammunition for states to draft their own laws to impose on immigrants. I commend the High court for coming up 5-3 in favor of the adminstarion but left one controversial part of the Arizona law intact which will still strike unnecessary fear among Latinos whether you are legal or illegal. Governor Brewer and the sheriff someone in their family came as an immigrant received with open hands and are forgetting their are a product of immigrants themselves. I also do nit like the way she responds to the president of the country. She has no respect at all. I know we will solve the immigration issue but congress needs to expedite the resolve and everyone's civil rights is respected.

    June 25, 2012 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |