Jan Brewer Not a Fan of Immigration Bill Unless Border Is Secure; Can't Define "Secure Border"

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There's no surprise here: Governor Jan Brewer doesn't support the so-called "Gang of Eight" immigration proposal, and her predictable reasoning is that the "border is not secure."

Brewer's explanation seems fairly meaningless, though, as her spokesman Matt Benson tells New Times there's "not a specific definition" for "secure border."

See also:
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However, Benson tells us that the federal government -- where officials swear up and down that the border is secure -- doesn't have a definition either.

He pointed to the "old standard" of a secure border, which is "operational control," defined in a 2006 bill signed in to law by President George W. Bush as "the prevention of all unlawful entries into the United States, including entries by terrorists, other unlawful aliens, instruments of terrorism, narcotics, and other contraband."

Since that ain't gonna happen, Homeland Security has made its own definition(s) of controlling the border, and is supposed to redefine it again with something called a "border condition index," which still isn't a definition, really.

Still, it seems like Brewer uses cries of "secure the border" as a cop-out, just using it to explain opposition to immigration reform -- especially since she continues to insist that ranchers on the border would know best if the border with Mexico is "secure."

Benson tells us that's not the case.

"We know what a secure border looks like," he says, adding that the Yuma sector of the border is an example of that. Several politicians have used Yuma as the prime example of border security, which does have the Border Patrol's seal of "operational security."

The "Gang of Eight" bill calls for a ton of border security improvements, but apparently border security is more of a prerequisite to earn Brewer's support. Or, maybe it's a cop-out.

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car_del99
car_del99

Brewer is like a 40 watt lightbulb  trying to shine in daylight...

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

thankfully we only have to deal with Brewski for what one more year...there is a GOD after all! lol

Zocalo
Zocalo

because of the boston incident, any hope of immigration reform as you see is no longer and for good reason. a secure border means just that - a secure border. no trespassing signs should be posted that says "trespassers will be shot".

Nister
Nister

Brewer's office, like McCain's before her, is in large part parroting the line about Yuma Sector peddled for the last three years by Paul Babeu, who served there in the National Guard. They're all evidently to far gone to know or care that every particular of his spiel is either wrong or misleading.

OATHKEEPER1958
OATHKEEPER1958

WELL THATS WHAT THEY WANT IS TO HAVE OPEN BORDERS AND EVENTUALLY MERGE THE U.S. MEXICO AND CANADA AS ONE COUNTRY AND THE FIRST WAY THEY DO THAT IS BY LEAVING THESE BORDERS UNATENDED.   WATCH THIS VIDEO ON WHAT THE AGENDA IS AND EDUCATE YOURSELFS:  http://vimeo.com/63749370

TaxpayingVoter
TaxpayingVoter

More meaningless blather to demonstrate how "conservative" she is in order to pander to the GOP faction.

Honestly, I wish there were some law to FORCE politicians to use actual rational, logical sense in attempting to resolve issues.

66rock
66rock topcommenter

All non thinking people "cop out".  Jan could not define a rock if she tried.  The policy will happen whether Jan Brewer approves or not, she is just trying to play to her "base" which she also cannot define BTW.  LOL  

Porter M Corn
Porter M Corn

Fortunately, immigration reform doesn't depend on what La Bruja thinks or says.

car_del99
car_del99

@Zocalo We should put a moat on the border filled with cocodriles and when they get hungry.. feed them idiots like you...

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

@HILLFOLKREDNECK LMAO the really funny part, is not only is that rumor from the Bush jr years, its the GOP that supposedly is trying to do that (according to the conspiracy theorists)..

car_del99
car_del99

@TaxpayingVoter  " logical sense in attempting to resolve issues. " That would be impossible for Brewer...

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