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Statement by Governor Jan Brewer on President Obama's Immigration Speech

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Location: Phoenix, AZ

"After two years of waiting, I am glad the White House has chosen to focus on immigration. But I remain skeptical. It would be a shame if this effort is more about locking down votes in 2012 than securing our nation's border today.

"First, the President should have come to the Arizona border, where I have invited him repeatedly. He should have spoken to our ranchers, who live with drug-runners and human-smugglers crossing their lands. He should have met with our law enforcement officers, who are frequently outgunned by the heavily-armed cartels. Nearly half of our nation's border apprehensions occur in Arizona. Our state remains America's gateway for illegal immigration, and we continue to bear the brunt of the federal government's failure on this issue. If the President felt confident in declaring the border secure, he should have come to tell the people of Arizona faceto- face.

"Everyone can agree our immigration system is broken. Any reasonable fix will require the good-faith efforts of state leaders, members of Congress, local officials, the business community and the White House. But the people of America won't be fooled again. They know that any talk of a path to citizenship is simply amnesty by another name. And they're smart enough to recognize a political ploy when they see it.

"I'm afraid today's announcement is simply more of the "promise something, do nothing, blame someone' political spin we've become accustomed to hearing from Washington. That would be a shame."


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