Brewer: No immigration reform until the border is secure





By Howard Fischer

Capitol Media Services

PHOENIX — Gov. Jan Brewer can’t put a specific definition on what it means to have a secure border.

But she said residents along the boundary with Mexico will know it when it happens.

The question of what Brewer thinks is politically significant since the governor said she will not support any form of immigration reform unless and until the border is secure. But until now she has offered no definition of what that means.

Her comments come as members of her own Republican Party in Congress are pursuing their own immigration reform plans in the wake of the defeat of presidential nominee Mitt Romney.




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Auntie Em on Tue, 01/08/2013 - 6:09am

I believe the border would be more secure if we had immigration reform. The
majority of folks crossing the border are seeking work - work that tends to
go undone without them. I, for one, never had it as my goal to pick lettuce
or strawberries when I grew up. Clearly, all jobs should go FIRST to US
citizens and legal residents. But then, those unfilled should be opened more
easily. If people crossed here and worked legally, we could better assume
that those crossing illegally were the real bad guys. We could then move all
border patrol folks to the border instead of inland thirty, fifty, eighty
miles and more. If they were all ON the border, they might better stop
 smugglers.

arizonabigsky on Tue, 01/08/2013 - 6:45am

Governor Brewer, come to the border, it is a real place. Families live here.
We play here, we shop here. How can you dangle ‘immigration reform’ at us
when you cannot even define your lynchpin to get there? - You cannot define
‘security’. Appalling.

Ran Talbott on Tue, 01/08/2013 - 11:25am

Hmmm, so we need a criterion for “secure”. How ‘bout this: when we haven’t
found a headless corpse in the desert for a whole year, we’ll call it “good”.

AZterritory on Tue, 01/08/2013 - 2:02pm

She couldn’t find her bottom in a bag . . it IS appalling. They’re only down
here in election years, anyway. Remember that it took her and her staff 5
days into the Monument Fire to get down here.

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