Arizona Governor Jan Brewer (R) doesn't scare easily. President Obama (D) doesn't scare her, neither does the US Attorney General, Erick Holder, or the ACLU all of whom, in one form or another, have threatened to take her state to court over Arizona's decision to implement US immigration laws. No problem, she told John King on CNN, staunchly defending her policies.
"We'll meet you in court,"
"I have a pretty good record of winning in court."
"I think what we've done is mirrored a federal law," she said. "The people of Arizona, certainly people throughout America agree that it is the right thing to do. We've been down this path before with securing our borders in Arizona. And nothing was finished."
"So we need to move forward," Brewer added. "You know, it's trespassing when you cross the border into Arizona into the United States. It's trespassing. We need our borders secured."
Enforcing federal law is not illegal, is not racist; it is, by definition, the law.
But Brewer said Tuesday the law does not target an individual's specific race. She also made clear driver's licenses are not sufficient to prove citizenship.
"It wouldn't matter if you are Latino or Hispanic or Norwegian," she said. If you didn't have proof of citizenship and the police officer had reasonable suspicion, he would ask and verify your citizenship. I mean, that's the way that it is. That's what the federal law says. And that's what the law in Arizona says."
And the American public seems to agree with her. Although CNN, like most other media, refers to Arizona's law as controversial, another poll, by Quinnipiac University, released Tuesday reinforced findings of previous polls of its high approval.
48 percent said they want their state to pass legislation similar to Arizona's, while 35 percent said they do not. Overall, 51 percent approve of the law, opposed to 31 percent who disapprove.
Obama and Brewer are scheduled to meet Thursday; both are politicians so neither will publicly blink first. But Brewer probably won't back down.