Arizona countersues feds over border security
February 10th, 2011
09:45 PM ET

Arizona countersues feds over border security

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer says she has "no other choice" than to sue the federal government for what she calls Washington's failure to secure her state's border and enforce immigration laws.

Brewer and Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne, who is taking the lead on the countersuit, announced the state's plans Thursday outside a federal court in Phoenix. Arizona's move is an attempt to strike back at the Obama administration for a lawsuit blocking parts of a controversial law Brewer signed in April. It authorized police to identify and help deport those suspected of being in the country illegally. The measure sparked protests in Arizona and around the country.

"(Arizona) did not want this fight," Brewer said. "But now that we are in it, Arizona will not rest until our border is secured."

Department of Homeland Security spokesman Matt Chandler called Arizona's court claim a "meritless" one that "does nothing to secure the border."

"Smart strategies, dedicated law enforcement personnel and strategic partnerships with state, local and tribal governments and agencies do," Chandler said. "Not only do actions like this ignore all of the statistical evidence, they also belittle the significant progress that our men and women in uniform have made to protect this border and the people who live alongside it."

While vocal opponents of the immigration law continued to chant and wave banners, Horne detailed the five-count suit that included claims the federal government failed to protect Arizona's borders from the "invasion of illegal aliens" and costs associated with "jailing criminal immigrants."

Brewer has promised only private funds will pay for the suit and launched to collect donations.

Fighting to hold back tears, Brewer thanked supporters, who she noted had offered prayers amidst personal attacks she said she has endured. But she bounced back, saying, "If you know one thing about Jan Brewer, you know that I’m not a quitter. Arizona is doing its duty."

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  1. Cesar

    @Tomcat, Hello. I easily spotted your troll-this fake spoke w/so much B/S & hate. You are right, lots of signs in Spanish right here in the USA. I want to weed out the Mexican criminals, but hold on to the hard working legals. Too bad no such bull dozer exists. Later Tomcat.

    February 11, 2011 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
  2. Al B

    I have a solution: Why don't we secure the ARIZONA-US border?

    Then everyone will be happy!

    February 11, 2011 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  3. Cesar

    Secure the Arizona-US border? How dreadful, how will the illegals get in and what about political correctness?

    February 11, 2011 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  4. whitetrash

    Yes please take on illegals out of here, yea all the whitetrash back to england with along the Govertment of Arizona
    they only ask for money at Mcdonnalds they dont work thet complain about Tax cause they dont have a penny working hard for Uncle Sam They dont make money to the Country anymore like the spanic people do with all Mayor Business Coug"
    ATT, CNN, Dishnetwork DTV, BURGERKING KFC COMCAST ETC ETC they all have spanish section for the latin people WHY CAUSE THEY PRODUCE BIG BUSINESS, or have anyone seen Cnn have a chinese section NO Only Mexico section
    Federal wants money get on track and help your homeless friends to see Dr phill at least, Along with the Arizona Goverment. peace Losers hehe I dont event live on USA I dont know wy im helping other races well I feel how USA around the world look them us a racist Country.

    February 11, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • CAweary

      Your spelling and grammar are so bad that it is impossible to even figure out what you are trying to say. I would guess a third world education or none at all.

      February 11, 2011 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
  5. gophatesusa

    This should be a black and white issue, yet it's politics with securing our borders. I totally agree that rampant, illegal immigration creates havoc for the educational system, health care, etc. YET, they continue to come and be employed. BY WHOM??? Do y'all think it's their evil, rich relatives that give them jobs here? They come because the rich, greedy owners of businesses give them jobs to save lots of money NOT paying them decent wages, health benefits, etc.

    Go talk to them rich, greedy folks about this issue. By the way, for those of you stereotyping all Hispanics as violent criminals and people with their hand out........take a look at the most violent offenses on American soil and YIKES, they are being committed by AMERICANS! Great Scott!!

    And ALSO, did ya happen to notice who has their hand out at freeway exits....homeless....please help......YUP – usually white folks. WHO is selling stuff at the freeway exits, working hard in the heat, cold............YUP – damn illegals!

    February 11, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  6. fktxag

    Jan Brewer is a witless moron.

    February 11, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. CAweary

    I am on the CA border with Mexico and want to see the immigration laws enforced here. I don't even recognize my own home town it is so over-run with trash, Mexican gangs, and Spanish graffiti. It's not safe to go out after dark any more. My son says most of the workers where he works are illegal aliens and are paid cash under the table, with a kick back portion to their supervisor to ensure their continued employment. California, step up to the plate shoulder to shoulder with Arizona!

    February 11, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  8. 420High

    I live in CA so like someone said above its the rich that don't want to pay mini wage & bennies thats why my people are here Bcuz there's work that they do for 2 dollars an hour!that we won't do for 20 dollars an hour!

    February 12, 2011 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
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