Brewer Hopes Court Takes Immigration Case; Arizona Governor Notes 33 Other States Have Acted to Secure Borders

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Brewer Hopes Court Takes Immigration Case; Arizona Governor Notes 33 Other States Have Acted to Secure Borders


Byline: David Eldridge, THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer said Wednesday she hopes the U.S. Supreme Court steps in soon to rule on whether her state's tough anti-illegal immigration law is constitutional.

We believe that we will probably hear from the Supreme Court sometime in December whether they will hear the legislation or not, the Republican governor said on The Washington Times-affiliated America's Morning News radio program.

"It's so important not only for Arizona, but for .. all of America The bottom line is that we've got 33 other states that have implemented or have tried to implement similar pieces of legislation. It needs to be decided who is responsible. Hopefully, the federal government will understand, if [the Supreme Court] rules in our favor, that the states do have a right.

If [federal officials] are not going to do the job, if they're not going to enforce the immigration laws, well, then the states are going to have to step up and do it, she said. But I still maintain, as I believe all of America maintains, it is the federal government's responsibility and they simply aren't doing it.

During Wednesday's interview, the governor also spoke briefly about Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who earlier this week gave her first public interview since being shot in the head in Tucson in January.

It's so uplifting to know that she can come from where she was to where she is today, Mrs. Brewer said. It leaves you almost breathless, gives you a lot of hope.

Mrs. Brewer, who replaced Janet A. Napolitano when she joined the Obama administration to head the Department of Homeland Security, signed one of the nation's strictest anti-illegal immigration laws in 2010.

The law requires police to check the immigration status of detainees if the officer has reason to suspect they are in the country illegally.

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