Jan Brewer: The Obama administration basically just told Arizona to drop dead

posted at 6:01 pm on June 26, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

After hearing the Supreme Court’s decision on the SB 1070 case on Monday morning, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer’s immediate reaction was quite positive:

Today’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court is a victory for the rule of law. It is also a victory for the 10th Amendment and all Americans who believe in the inherent right and responsibility of states to defend their citizens. After more than two years of legal challenges, the heart of SB 1070 can now be implemented in accordance with the U.S. Constitution.

While we are grateful for this legal victory, today is an opportunity to reflect on our journey and focus upon the true task ahead: the implementation and enforcement of this law in an even-handed manner that lives up to our highest ideals as American citizens. I know the State of Arizona and its law enforcement officers are up to the task. The case for SB 1070 has always been about our support for the rule of law. …

Shortly following the Supreme Court’s announcement that the meat of Arizona’s illegal immigration law is indeed constitutional, however, the Obama administration announced that they just don’t feel like cooperating with that decision, and they’re going to go out of their way to allay it.

Obama administration officials said Monday the federal government would not become a willing partner in the state of Arizona’s efforts to arrest undocumented people — unless those immigrants meet federal government criteria. And they said the administration is rescinding agreements that allow some Arizona law enforcement officers to enforce federal immigration laws.

The administration made the announcement hours after Monday’s Supreme Court decision on whether states can enforce immigration laws.

In a conference call with reporters, an administration official said the administration will not allow Arizona’s immigration priorities to become the Department of Homeland Security’s priorities.

The official said while DHS expected more calls from Arizona authorities, it will not increase staffing in Arizona to deal with them.

Gov. Brewer’s reaction to that second announcement was, understandably, somewhat less positive.

“This is politics at its best,” she said. “It’s just unconscionable. What they said to Arizona is, ‘Drop dead, Arizona. Drop dead and go away. We’re going to ignore you.’” …

“It just is incomprehensible to think that this has all taken place today. And it ticks me off. I think that it should tick the people of America off,” she added. “And it’s almost become apparent that they can do whatever they darn well want! They don’t want to enforce their laws. They won’t let us help them enforce their laws.”

Yep, that’s pretty much it in a nutshell. The Supreme Court decided that the gist of what Arizona is trying to do is totally lawful, and then Obama’s DHS shot back with a unilateral, “Whatever, we do what we want.”

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Reporter: President Obama, is it true that if you are reelected to the presidency you will work hard to see that a real fence is put up along the border with Mexico rather than just some phony so called “virtual fence”? And a follow up question sir, if so what will the physical fence look like?
President Obama: That is a very good question and yes when I am reelected I will see to it that a physical fence is put up along the border if I have to build it myself! . What will it look like? Well it will run the full length of the border and have special security gates every 100 feet. All the security gates will have on them:

1) Press one for Spanish (with a response of “Welcome Amigo, my country is your country and please take a free map to the wonderful plantation owner employer of your choice. Also please feel free to enroll you children in our schools and demand that they be taught in Spanish and please also feel free to avail yourself of all the free medical care that you want. If there are any Gringos in line in front of you, just go to the head of the line. If you want to fly any Mexican flags please feel free to just take down an American one and use it’s flag pole”).
2) Press two for English (with a response of “screw you! I know more than any of you damned racsist honkies who do not want what is right for America del Obama!!!”).

VorDaj on June 26, 2012 at 8:57 PM

Can a state sue the Feds for equal protection?

Fighton03 on June 26, 2012 at 8:20 PM

And the SCOTUS will rule in favor of the states? Who will enforce the law?

reintroduce a form of latter-day-slavery in the United States and for the mass ethnic cleansing of Mexico.

VorDaj on June 26, 2012 at 8:51 PM

The way I read this, it seems to imply that Americans are making illegals the new slave class. However, I argue that because of illegals (and the population of entitlement sinks) that the taxpayer and future taxpayers are, in fact, the enslaved!

I spit on statists! I’m practically fighting angry!

freedomfirst on June 26, 2012 at 9:32 PM

I meant for my first two questions to be rhetorical.

freedomfirst on June 26, 2012 at 9:33 PM

Jan Brewer: The Obama administration basically just told Arizona to drop dead

Welcome to the club.

The rest of America

Cleombrotus on June 26, 2012 at 9:46 PM

Frankly, given the fact that the Federal Government is derelict in its duty to the State of Arizona, they probably have a pretty good case to no longer remit any monies (tax or otherwise) to the Federal Government.

Come to think of it, the rest of the States probably have a pretty good argument for same.

It’s 1776 people! (And the difference between Romney and Obama is thinner than a human hair. If either guy wins, we all lose.)

realitycheck on June 26, 2012 at 10:39 PM

Divider in chief

kirkill on June 26, 2012 at 10:52 PM

realitycheck on June 26, 2012 at 10:39 PM

You had my interest until you went all crazy-eyed douchy at the end.

donkichi on June 26, 2012 at 11:03 PM

Pretty sad when our US Government pits itself against the citizens of our Country/Republic in favor of illegal foreigners and Criminal Trespassers!!

John 5 on June 26, 2012 at 11:39 PM

So, just thinking here, the police detain someone found to be an illegal alien, they call the feds, the feds respond with a “meh, whatever”. So, what’s to stop the police from putting said illegal alien in lock-up until the feds arrive?

AZfederalist on June 27, 2012 at 12:38 AM

Obama sees a looming election loss on the horizon and he’s going for the scortched earth exit strategy.

Boehner and Issa need to keep the pressure on him so they can minimize the damage. The rest of us need to do everything humanly (and legally) possible to help ensure majorities in both houses. We’ve got some fixing to do.

JetBlast on June 27, 2012 at 6:07 AM

Hopefully Obama and his administration will drop dead in November. I pray every day we toss that garbage out.

jqc1970 on June 27, 2012 at 2:32 PM