Brewer fumes over U.S. report ripping AZ
PHOENIX - Gov. Jan Brewer lashed out at U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Friday in a letter protesting the inclusion of Arizona's new immigration bill in a recent report to the United Nations Human Rights Council.
The report to the U.N. states, "a recent Arizona law, SB 1070, has generated significant attention and debate at home and around the world. The issue is being addressed in a court action that argues that the federal government has the authority to set and enforce immigration law. That action is ongoing; parts of the law are currently enjoined."
The U.N. Universal Periodic Review report can be found online at www.state.gov/documents/organization/146379.pdf or under the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor at the State Department website, www.state.gov.
"Simply put, it is downright offensive that the U.S. State Department included the State of Arizona and SB 1070 in a report to the United Nations Council on Human Rights," Brewer wrote. "Apparently, the federal government is trying to make an international human rights case out of SB 1070 on the heels of already filing a federal court case against the state of Arizona. The idea of our own American government submitting the duly enacted laws of a state of the United States to 'review' by the United Nations is internationalism run amok and unconstitutional. Human rights as guaranteed by the United States and Arizona Constitution are expressly protected in SB 1070 and defended vigorously by my administration," she wrote.
Brewer also pointed out that the U.S. Department of Justice did not include human rights issues in its case against Arizona.
She also accused the State Department of being hypocritical for taking credit for anti-trafficking efforts in the report. The federal government's failure to secure the Tucson section of the border has resulted in the deaths of hundreds of immigrants trying to cross one of the most deadly sections of the border.
"If the federal government secured the entire border and enforced our immigration laws, these human rights problems would not be occurring for citizens, legal residents and illegal immigrants," Brewer wrote.
Brewer wrote that she would be watching the U.N. Council on Human Rights proceedings and would assert any rights Arizona might have in the process. She also pledged to fight any attempts by the State Department or the UN to interfere with the Arizona law.
Brewer encouraged the State Department to compare and publish the immigration laws and records of any U.N. Human Rights Council member commenting on SB 1070 with the immigrations laws of the U.S.
"I am confident that the generous immigration tradition of the United States and Arizona will win in any such comparison," Brewer wrote.