Arizona governor blasts Obama administration as 'a new low'
24 states have 287(g) agreements with government, saved Arizona, Governor Jan Brewer declares
Never one to mince words, fiery Arizona Governor Jan Brewer told
everyone in no uncertain terms that the recent Supreme Court decision on
its tough immigration law proved that U.S. President Barack Obama
"demonstrated anew his utter disregard for the safety and security of
the Arizona people."
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer's relationship with U.S. President Barack Obama has been a contentious one.
Brewer pointed out that 68 law enforcement bodies in 24 states have 287(g) agreements with the federal government, the only exception being Arizona's," the state that happens to be on the front lines of America's fight against illegal immigration," Brewer said. "We are on our own, apparently.
"I suppose I shouldn't be surprised," she continued. "The Obama administration has fought the people of Arizona at every turn -- downplaying the threat that a porous border poses to our citizens, filing suit in order to block our State from protecting itself, unilaterally granting immunity to tens of thousands of illegal aliens living in our midst, and now this. Still, the disarmament of Arizona's 287(g) agreements is a new low, even for this administration."
Analysis offered by the Associated Press says that if federal agents decline to pick up illegal aliens, there is no way for Arizona to force federal authorities to detain them.
I other words, local police in the state of Arizona will have to let them go unless they're suspected of committing a crime, and not just being in the U.S. illegally. This would require the suspects to be arrested and jailed.
Brewer noted that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security credits the 287(g) program with identifying nearly 300,000 potentially-removable aliens nationwide since 2006. Moreover, Immigration and Customs Enforcement has trained and certified more than 1,500 state and local officers to assist in the enforcement of immigration law, including many in Arizona.
"The President's action should be of concern to all Americans," Brewer said. "This fight is not over. President Obama may disregard Congress. He may target individual states like Arizona. He may generally act with impunity. But he is not above judgment - and the American people will have theirs very soon."
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled this week that Section 2(B) of Arizona's immigration law (SB 1070), the part requiring police officers to check the immigration status of all individuals detained for other crimes is indeed constitutional. However, the court said that provision may be challenged anew in court.
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