Secretary of State Hillary Clinton dropped a bombshell during an interview in Ecuador, speaking about Arizona’s illegal immigration law, which shocked Arizona Governor Jan Brewer. Clinton told her Ecuadorian interviewer:
President Obama has spoken out against the law because he thinks that the federal government should be determining immigration policy. And the Justice Department under his direction will be bringing a lawsuit against the act.
Governor Jan Brewer was expecting a very different response after she had met with President Obama two weeks ago.
Appearing last night on Greta Van Susteren’s Fox News show “On The Record,” Governor Brewer complained:
to get this information released to me vis-a-vis that they heard of the lawsuit through an Ecuadorian interview is outrageous! It would seem to me that if they were going to file suit against us that they definitely would have contacted us first and informed us before they informed citizens, by the way, of another nation.
Governor Brewer should have gotten a clue when Obama joined Mexican President Felipe Calderon in bashing Arizona’s immigration law on the White House lawn a few weeks ago. If Obama can give a foreign leader a platform at the White House from which to criticize the duly elected officials of one of our states, why not score points in Latin America, where Obama has alot of left-wing support, by having our Secretary of State announce a lawsuit against Arizona in Ecuador – a country, by the way, that has a legal requirement for people to carry identification with them at all times.
Van Susteren asked Governor Brewer whether President Obama had kept the promises he made to her two weeks ago in their White House meeting. Obama had promised, according to the Governor, to send in troops from the National Guard, and he promised to tell her by now what other specific measures he would take in order to help Arizona address the illegal immigration problem overwhelming its borders.
Governor Brewer has heard nothing from Obama (unless you count the lawsuit announcement via Hillary in Ecuador). The Governor did not mince words in calling Obama out for his broken promise:
we have not heard a word in regards to what they’re going to deploy or how many troops we’re going to get. And I am really disappointed.What can I say? You know, you make a commitment — you know, people there with us, we all heard the same thing, two weeks. And so that was our drop-dead date. So I’ll be anxious to just hear what we hear in the next couple of days. I’m hopeful that we can reach out to him tomorrow in some manner and get some answers to this. This is unacceptable! Unacceptable!
Here’s hoping, Governor Brewer, but don’t hold your breath waiting for this President to actually do his job.