June 25th, 2012
10:55 AM ET

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer on immigration ruling: We won

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer issued the following statement after the Supreme Court ruled on her state's controversial immigration law:

U.S. Supreme Court Decision Upholds Heart of SB 1070

“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. That means every law, including those against both illegal immigration and racial profiling. Law enforcement will be held accountable should this statute be misused in a fashion that violates an individual’s civil rights.

“The last two years have been spent in preparation for this ruling. Upon signing SB 1070 in 2010, I issued an Executive Order directing the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board (AZ POST) to develop and provide training to ensure our officers are prepared to enforce this law efficiently, effectively and in a manner consistent with the Constitution. In recent days, in anticipation of this decision, I issued a new Executive Order asking that this training be made available once again to all of Arizona’s law enforcement officers. I am confident our officers are prepared to carry out this law responsibly and lawfully. Nothing less is acceptable.

“Of course, today’s ruling does not mark the end of our journey. It can be expected that legal challenges to SB 1070 and the State of Arizona will continue. Our critics are already preparing new litigation tactics in response to their loss at the Supreme Court, and undoubtedly will allege inequities in the implementation of the law. As I said two years ago on the day I signed SB 1070 into law, ‘We cannot give them that chance. We must use this new tool wisely, and fight for our safety with the honor Arizona deserves.’”

Filed under: Arizona • Immigration
soundoff (86 Responses)
  1. JS

    Sadly, it may have to come to this:
    When the majority of American’s who are currently FOR illegal immigrants-when they are personally adversely affected in one way or another –economically or as a crime victim, or however.
    Only then will they finally be able to appreciate just exactly what this bill is about and they will be thanking Arizona for stepping up to the plate and doing the right thing.

    June 25, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • RY

      Who ever said the MAJORITY of Americans want illegal immigrants here? Or did you really mean to say the vast majority of Americans want Illegals out of America? I think you made a typo..

      June 25, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Erik

      Wrong, and like Arizona's argument, overreaching

      June 25, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Roger. Mageau.

    Is the governor sober? The supreme. court voted 5 3 against her state and she said she won.

    June 25, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian in TX

      I know right?! She always looks ad sounds like she is drunk or on crack or something. She stumbles over her words and never seems to be able to answer a direct question. She's like a parrot that just repeats the same thing over and over. When I think dumb blonde she pops into my head...lol. I'll stay far away from Arizona!

      June 25, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Robert

    Only the terminally deluded could consider this a "win".

    June 25, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  4. JM

    Say what? I thought most of the law was struck down 5-3. This is sadly another example of where politicians make themselves look like self-serving idiots - rather than just admit you were wrong and move on.

    June 25, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Perro

      i think this woman is dumber than most

      June 25, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Speaking Volumes For the Matter

    The Key words in Brewer's last paragraph are most telling and speak volumes about how she really feels about Hispanics and Latinos which this egregious law unfairly targets. "‘We cannot give them that chance." These are the very words all Hispanics, Latinos and others who vote in this country should take to the polls in November as they cast their vote accordingly. The only one who is truly FOR Fairness and who WILL give you the chance that Brewer won't is President Obama! OBAMA/BIDEN 2012!!

    June 25, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian in TX

      Amen! Obama/Biden 2012!

      June 25, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Rascal Rabble

    where's your elliot ness savy...only thing you need to open the lawbook against any citizen is to have legitimate ground to stop...once legitimacy is established you can proceed for due process of the law has been activated...ok...that how it works...whether it is of merit is another issue...so yep she has a victory here...

    June 25, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  7. MattD

    Brewer's "victory" is that the White-trash Establishment in Arizona still gets a chance to harass Hispanics whether they are illegals or not. At least for a while.

    June 25, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • ZOO

      Gee, I never met a Mexican named Matt. Mixed marriage?

      June 25, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian in TX

      I expect that the 9th circuit will jump in and stop 2b in its track in a month or so. Because the supreme court referee 2b back to the ninth circuit because of pending lawsuits. So we will probably hear from them shortly with an injunction against that part on civil rights ground shortly.

      June 25, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Kate

    That's right Jan – just declare victory. Oklahoma Thunder – just declare victory. After all, you won at least one of the games. Just say that's what you were hoping for all along and declare victory. See how that works?

    June 25, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Anomic Office Drone

    The SCOTUS stuck down all but the "Papers Please" part of the law and made it clear that the "Papers Please" provision can still be struck down depending on how it's enforced (i.e. racial profiling). How is this a victory? Sounds like just enough rope for Arizona to hang itself.

    June 25, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Portland tony

      In most cases, the "papers pls" comment refers to asking for a valid drivers license and proof of insurance, which "everyone" must have in their possession, or be cited in some way, when operating a motor vehicle.

      June 25, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Dale Curry

    More gop revisionist history. "We won". Arizona's racist and discriminatory law was largely struck down!

    June 25, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  11. BrianB

    Jan – you didn't win anything. You lost everything except one key part of the law, the only one that actually made any sense. Keep spinning, eventually you will fall on your face. It's 2012 and that state is so backwards it isn't funny.

    June 25, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Trust me

    Trust and believe if a police officer in Arizona wants to harass mexicans, then their gonna harass mexicans. What is said in the media falls on def ears in the streets

    June 25, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Portland tony

    Don't know why CNN gives Governor Brewer a platform to announce a obviously political statement. Actually the provision that was upheld is fairly innocuous and an issue subject to further judicial action.

    June 25, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  14. David Duke

    Mexicans are the number 1 cause of deadly hit and runs in California they are everything that is wrong with this state they care nothing about america other than to have a baby

    June 25, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Portland tony

      If they hit and ran.....and presumably left the accident scene successfully, HOW on God's earth did you uncover their nationality? Jeez what crap!

      June 25, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  15. DanD

    She declares a victory, for what? This governor's brain has been baking in the sun too long.

    When are people going to investigate her secret dealings with the privately run prison corporations who have been lining her coffers and pushed her to get this legislation passed in the first place? She keeps allowing them to build more prisons in AZ, despite the fact that crime has been on the decline in that state? That what what this law was all about in the first place.

    June 25, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
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