Republican Gov. Jan Brewer’s Re-Election Fueled by Tough Immigration Law
By Edwin Mora, CNSNews.com – It is “very clear” that Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s opposition to illegal immigration helped her win easy re-election last week, a spokesman from the governor’s office told CNSNews.com. Brewer defeated Democrat Terry Goddard with 55 percent of the vote to his 42 percent.
Paul Senseman, a spokesman for Brewer, told CNSNews.com that Arizona’s tough new immigration law (SB 1017) was a factor in Brewer’s victory. . . . There is no doubt that that kind of vocal opposition, including some demonstrations on the streets, helped motivate a lot of people who questioned, ‘What’s the problem with Arizona enforcing the rule of law?” Senseman said. He noted that the Arizona law mirrors federal law, prompting people to question why the federal government wouldn’t welcome Arizona’s assistance in enforcing immigration law.
“When the governor says, ‘I cannot tolerate the level of narco-terrorist activity, drug smuggling, human smuggling, and violence going on in my state on a daily basis, and if there’s not going to be action from the feds, I am going to take action myself,’ I think it certainly had an impact,” Senseman said.
Brewer signed SB 1070 on April 23. The law makes it a state crime to be in the country illegally. It allows police officers who make lawful stops to ask about a person's legal status “where reasonable suspicion exists that the person is an alien who is unlawfully present in the United States.” . . . [Full Story]
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