Janet Brewer says her predecessor as Arizona governor, Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, is busy enjoying the “federal limelight” instead of fixing the country’s immigration laws.
“The bottom line is that it’s very unusual, but of course I guess [when] you make your decisions … it’s not where you sit, it’s where you stand,” Brewer said on Fox News Tuesday morning. “And she’s standing in D.C., so she’s in the federal limelight.”
Brewer accused Napolitano of changing her agenda as soon as she was appointed to President Barack Obama’s Cabinet.
“I am disappointed. I mean, it’s just absolutely ridiculous because she was there, you know, calling on the federal government to enforce the laws when she was governor and then arrives there and again has an opportunity to make it better and again does not,” she said.
Brewer, whose controversial immigration bill, SB 1070, stirred up controversy in Arizona and across the country, said that unlike Napolitano, she has weathered plenty of criticism by being a champion of immigration reform.
“It was unfair accusations that they kept making towards me and to Arizona,” she said. “And it is unfortunate because of course we were just trying got protect our citizens and do what was right and then to have them turn around and use the racist card and the bigot card to shut down the debate.”
Brewer also directed her anger at the president, who in April 2010 commented on Arizona’s tough immigration law by saying, “If you don’t have your papers and you took your kid out to get ice cream, you’re going to be harassed.”
“I was so outraged because certainly it was not true, and then he was making a joke,” she said. “He thinks it’s funny. That’s not acceptable. It’s a serious situation that we’re facing and we want help.”
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