Brewer: Obama Immigration Speech “Helpless”

2010 July 2
by bc3b

PHOENIX — Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer says President Barack Obama’s speech on immigration reform provided no answers to the problem.

“What a helpless speech,” Brewer told News/Talk 92.3 KTAR by phone from Sedona, where she had a speaking engagement Thursday.

“Where’s the action?” Brewer asked. “He described perfectly my opinion of the complete failure of the federal government, something that has been failing the people of America for a decade or more.”

She added, “The bottom line is that we are a nation of laws and they have to be complied with. And, if they are not, we will fall. We have chaos in Mexico, and we are beginning to experience the same kind of chaos in Arizona.”

She said, “The system is broken, the border is broken. We all know what we need… People in Arizona have made it very, very clear. Let’s talk about the problem that is at hand. Let’s secure the border.”

The Arizona governor, a Republican, met with Obama at the White House last month after she signed a tough immigration enforcement law, which requires police enforcing other laws to clarify a person’s immigration status if there’s reason to believe that person is in the U.S. illegally. The law, which goes into effect July 29, is being challenged in court and the Justice Department is reviewing it to decide if the feds will join the challenges.

Brewer said said if Obama “is going to leave it up to the states to do what the feds should be doing, then maybe that’s what’s going to have to take place. First things must come first and that is securing our border, all the way from California through Texas.”

Brewer said she would appreciate a little respect from the President by having him come to Arizona “to look at our border and see what we are putting up with on a daily basis.” In his speech Friday, Obama did not dwell on the Arizona law, although he called it an understandable byproduct of public frustration with the federal government’s inability to address the problem. But, he said the Arizona law is ill-conceived, divisive and would put undue pressure on local authorities.

According to Kavanagh, Obama was trying to convince Hispanics that he’s doing something about immigration when he really isn’t. And Kavanagh says the speech was a disappointment to those who want increased border security and internal enforcement.

A prominent Arizona legislator said he was “offended” by the President’s speech.

Republican Rep. John Kavanagh called Obama’s address at American University in Washington, D.C., a “political speech” that, in Kavanagh’s words, “probably annoyed everybody.”

“It was very political,” Kyl told Fox News. “On the one hand, he says we need bipartisanship, and then he slams Republicans.”

Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl agreed with Brewer that the border must be secured before Congress overhauls the immigration system. Kyl said the president blamed Republicans for stalling immigration reform.


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Hat tip: KTAR

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  1. 2010 July 2 5:54 am

    In June, the number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27
    weeks and over) was unchanged at 6.8 million. These individuals made
    up 45.5 percent of unemployed persons. (See table A-12.)

    The civilian labor force participation rate fell by 0.3 percentage
    point in June to 64.7 percent. The employment-population ratio, at
    58.5 percent, edged down over the month. (See table A-1.)

    In June, about 2.6 million persons were marginally attached to the
    labor force, an increase of 415,000 from a year earlier. (The data
    are not seasonally adjusted.) These individuals were not in the labor
    force, wanted and were available for work, and had looked for a job
    sometime in the prior 12 months. They were not counted as unemployed
    because they had not searched for work in the 4 weeks preceding the
    survey. (See table A-16.)

    Hmm… add in 2.6 million and what % do you get then?

  2. 2010 July 2 6:01 am

    It would make it about about 11% on the nose if your curious.

  3. 2010 July 2 6:17 am
    justrand permalink

    KH, the Obamanistas are excellent at manipulating these numbers. Even the dreaded “news source that must not be named” couldn’t spin this to gold.

    but by morning’s end the media will have stopped reporting on the REALITY of how bad this is…and just focus on the DROP IN THE RATE. Yippee!

    As I’ve blogged before, the average human body contains 10 pints of blood. After you lose a high enough percentage the flow slows down…and then stops (hint: you die). As you approach death it is hardly “good news!” that the flow has slowed down!

  4. 2010 July 2 6:18 am
    justrand permalink

    real quick on the topic of this thread: I LOVE Jan Brewer (note to Mrs. Justrand: I mean “love” in the political sense 🙂 )

  5. 2010 July 2 8:24 am
    mulletover permalink

    Jan Brewer is doing the job the media will not do, and for one voice, she is doing it exceedingly well. More than anyone else, she has called attention to Obama’s inaction, and profiled him as a illegal alien sympathizer.

    …… to add to all the other illegal alien sympathizers, of course.

    “The speech is helpless. Where’s the action plan?”
    ~~Gov. Brewer

    I love that.

  6. 2010 July 2 8:33 am
    JustMary permalink

    Jan Brewer is awesome. She needs prayer though, may she stand firm, because the waves of adversity are steadily crashing on her.

  7. 2010 July 2 8:50 am
    bc3b permalink

    Who in the GOP is supporting Brewer, particular from the weaker sex (males)?

  8. 2010 July 2 10:57 am
    booshkindoggin permalink

    Gov. Jan continues to double down – I like to think I would do the same in her shoes (although I don’t walk so good in pumps).

  9. 2010 July 2 12:13 pm

    To be honest what she should be doing is finding even more items to par back in the AZ budget in preparation to pay for the declaration of state emergency and calling up her own NG and sending them to the border or other areas that need defending. That would actually take real political courage and show real seriousness right now as it would both press the issue and actually be a note worthy action.
    Now of course since AZ has big budget problems it’s sure to turn some of those 70% against her and perhaps kill her reelection chances. Sure she could claim they are going to bill the feds for it all later but in the meantime the cash would be have to be fronted from AZ, and later it would require the AZ congressional delegation to probably have to force action on a bill authorizing a reimbursement, and there again that would actually require votes instead of just talk out of their own as well as other politicans.

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