JanBrewer.com: Governor Brewer responds to Senator Schumer’s letter
Back in May 2010 Senator Schumer wrote an open letter to Governor Brewer asking her to postpone implementation of the SB 1070 (the new immigration law) so that the federal government could solve the problem. Governor Brewer thought about as highly as that idea as you and I would have, and she posted her response online. I’m a bit behind, but it’s an excellent post so here it goes:
I am sure you can understand that waiting a year or more based on another federal promise of getting serious this time is not an option for Arizona. As has been said here, calling for comprehensive immigration reform before securing the border is like asking for comprehensive energy policy reform before stopping the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico.
She then goes on to outline a sensible plan for securing the United States – Mexico border:
Here is my diagnosis of the problem and the way forward. Congress and successive Administrations (both Republican and Democrat) have lost all credibility with the American people, and Arizonans in particular, regarding border security and interior enforcement of federal immigration laws…
How do you build credibility on immigration issues? You need to show that the federal government can do something immediately to address border security and restore interior enforcement. We do not need new federal laws, but rather action by President Obama and sufficient funding from the Congress to secure the border and enforce our current laws.
The action taken must also be significant. To that end, I would propose that the federal government adopt a “surge” strategy. The Border Surge would continue until the border is secured as demonstrated by facts on the ground and integrity is restored to our interior immigration enforcement. Thereafter, the federal government would need to keep the resources necessary on the ground to maintain a secure border and enforce its immigration laws.
The rest of the letter includes specifics on how to implement this “Border Surge” strategy, and it’s well worth a read. Good to see a sensible governor standing up for her state against the government with strong, proactive, concrete proposals for moving forward.