Jose Penalosa is an immigration lawyer and staunch immigration activist leader in our State of Arizona. Below you will get his
reaction with regard to our Arizona Governor Jan Brewer’s views on the Immigration Reform Plan. I will continue to give my readers the vibe and pulse of Arizona reactions with regard to legal immigration reform. It is my intent to garner Mexican-American voter views since those of Mexican descent make up almost 70% of the entire “Latin” population pie. Furthermore, we are a border state, and this is the state Sb 1070 was birthed from. Indeed Gov. Jan Brewer’s legacy will include SB1070.
Here is what Gov. Brewer said during an interview with Mark Curtis (Channel 12):
The Potus’ plan did not contain many details. Arizona has been “victorious” in some respect because they are talking about securing our border. I am more comfortable with the Gang of 8′s plan. My concern is what comes first “the duck or the egg.”?
What constitutes a secure border to you? I have to depend on my experts for advice, law enforcement, and folks who live on the border. Yuma is a secure port of entry. The Senate blue print gives the Governors authority to determine when the border is secure. Would you use your “veto” to nix the plan? I’d be willing to participate in the discussion. Where do you stand on the Dream Act? “It tugs at your heartstrings.” [etc...] “I believe in the rule of law still.” As you look ahead, Governor Brewer, are you confident that CIR will pass? I truly hope that there is a bi-partisan agreement. I want a secure border. I want what is best for the nation.”
I really want to believe that the Dream Act kids tug at her heart! Given that she came out on 8/15/12, the day DACA commenced, to deny driver’s licenses to Dreamers really convinces me that her heart is hardened. If her heart is so touched by the Dreamers, you, Governor Brewer, should give the Dreamers a great Valentines Day gift and allow them to have licenses.
Governor Brewer and her attorneys, who really know very little about immigration law, will capitulate. If they do not, they will face the wrath of a Motion for Summary judgment by the Plaintiffs in the Arizona Dream Act Coalition v. Brewer federal court case. The Plaintiffs’ case is buttressed by the Department of Homeland Security’s amended directive. SCOTUS already stated in the SB1070 decision that the U.S. Constitution grants the Department of Homeland Security exclusive jurisdiction over immigration matters including the right “to define who is in the U.S. lawfully.”
It makes my laugh in that she (Brewer) knows very little about the topic and all of a sudden she is an expert. Her views are irrelevant. CIR will proceed forth without her. … As for the border, the Congress has allocated billions of dollars to secure the border during both the Bush and Obama administrations. As of your alleged veto, you won’t even be around for any discussions about a secured border and the pathway to citizenship step.
Governor Brewer, if you really believe in the “rule of law” I want you to reinstate photo radar, admit that you were stopped for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol, request that AG Horne resign for leaving the scene of an accident and his campaign violations, and request that County Attorney Montgomery prosecute Russell Pearce for the goodies that he received from the Fiesta Bowl.” When you do these things, I’ll believe that you stand for the rule of law. In the interim, you, Governor Brewer, in my finite legal mind just stand for the “rule of convenience.” You just became Governor on the backs of “Juan and Maria” and you have nothing else to offer.