Governor Jan Brewer has issued her official response to a brief filed by California and 10 other states opposing Senate Bill 1070, and Brewer's calling the brief "pure politics."
Apparently everyone wants to play politics, as groups of former police chiefs, attorneys general, members of Congress, cities and counties, former Immigration and Naturalization Service commissioners, Latin American countries, and multiple organizations also have submitted briefs to the Supreme Court.
Still, to California, et al., Brewer has a thing or two to say:
"This legal filing is pure politics and takes tortured logic and rank hypocrisy to new levels," she says. "The brief filed by California and 10 other states opposing SB 1070 begins by noting that they each 'have a wide variety of laws affecting all persons within their borders' and 'seek to preserve their authority to enact and enforce such laws, even as applied to immigrants.'
"In other words, California and its fellow petitioners would like to maintain the ability to establish laws for the betterment and protection of their citizens. They'd just like to deny Arizona the right to do the same."
The urge to deny Arizona from making laws doesn't exactly come up anywhere in the brief from California and company -- which can be found here.
A main point to the states' argument is that 1070 could actually infringe on their states, as Arizona would hog federal resources.
Brewer's other argument is that these 11 states just love illegal immigrants.
"A major objection raised by California and its cohorts is that 'SB 1070's effect is to deter immigrants' - illegal immigrants, to be clear - 'from living in Arizona,'" Brewer says. "Their apparent concern is that SB 1070 would result in illegal aliens seeking safe haven in more accommodating locales elsewhere. Why the objection? Given their complaints about SB 1070, I would think these states would welcome those present illegally with open arms."
Again, no objection to what's written in the brief -- in Brewer's mind, the other states hate Arizona and love illegal immigrants.
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Brewer goes on:
"This amicus brief contains more misstatements and misrepresentations than I care to respond to here," she says. "As with many state laws, SB 1070 is written to mirror -- rather than supplant -- existing federal immigration law. Deportation efforts remain the sole purview of the federal government."
Looks like you're just going to have to take her word for it that those 30 or so pages are just filled with crap.
Brewer's statement can be found in full here.