Friday, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer complained about several Boston politicians who have boycotted Arizona because of her controversial illegal immigration law; at the same time she had support from colleague Republicans at the governors’ convention.
“I’m an elected official and have been for 28 years and I’ve never called on anyone to boycott any city or any state. I think it really harms the people that are out there trying to do work and trying to do their jobs,” said Brewer.
“I think the majority of America is in agreement with what we’re trying to do in Arizona,” she said.
The new illegal immigration law is scheduled to go into effect July 29.
Rhode Island Governor Donald Carcieri said, “It’s ill advised and it’s ill conceived,” the Republican said regarding the boycott. “I told her I think she’s doing a great job.”
Brewer said that she knows most of America supports the new Arizona law. “I think they’re on the minority side of the issue,” she said. “People want the federal government to do their job and if they won’t do it, then the states will do it.”
Spokeswoman for the pro-immigrant ANSWER Coalition, Sarah Sloan said:
“Jan Brewer is racist and bigoted,” Sloan said. “Our protest represents the majority sentiment in this country.”
“The American people know that what Arizona’s Legislature did is right, and they know the only reason they had to do it is because the federal government isn’t doing its job,” Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour said. Barbour is also the head of the Republican Governors Association.
Barbour said about the Arizona boycott, “There are plenty of us who’ll be going to Arizona. There will be more for us.”
Arizona’s new controversial immigration law requires that police officers question a person’s immigration status if they suspect a person may be in the country illegally; the line of questioning is allowable if they have stopped the person while attempting to enforce another law…such as speeding or jaywalking.
Anti-immigration law critics say the new law discriminates against Hispanics.
The Justice Department filed a lawsuit this week against the state of Arizona and Governor Jan Brewer over the new immigration law, in an attempt to stop it from beginning at the end of July. For more on that story, click here.
Over two dozen government agencies have boycotted the state of Arizona because of its controversial immigration law. To read more about that story, click here.
To see a slideshow of photos that shows protests of Arizona’s controversial immigration law, click here.
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer’s new immigration law will begin at the end of the month. Brewer met with Obama a few weeks ago at the White House about the law. For more information on that story and a video, click here.
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Source: The Boston Herald
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