Jan Brewer Has a Nonsense Explanation of Why She Uses the Phrase "Illegal Immigrants"

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Illegal Governor Jan Brewer
Defending her use of the phrase "illegal immigrants," Governor Jan Brewer explained recently that doing something illegal makes you "an illegal."

We'll note that driving under the influence after a couple of glasses of scotch and rear-ending a minivan must not be illegal, or else Arizona apparently has "an illegal" for governor.

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Looks like "an illegal" failed four field-sobriety tests after rear-ending a mini van.


There's been a recent shift in the media against the term "illegal immigrant," and activists are still protesting places like the New York Times to get them to stop using the phrase.

Brewer, however, seems to like the term.

"To me they're illegal immigrants," Brewer told ABC News. "When you break the law, you're doing something illegal, that makes you an illegal, so they are illegal immigrants."

ABC's Jim Avila explained that if you make an illegal turn while driving, you're not forever an "illegal driver."

"[It's] really a play on words," illegal Governor Brewer explained.

Avila countered, "It is a play on words that's offensive to some people."

". . .[long awkward pause]. . ." Brewer responded. "Well, I'm sorry, but, you know, I believe that if you break the law, and you're an illegal immigrant, and you're in this country illegally, and you are an illegal immigrant."

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OATHKEEPER1958
OATHKEEPER1958

REMEMBER ALL THOSE FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION NEXT TIME A MEXICAN TAKES YOUR JOB, OR CRASHES INTO YOU WITHOUT INSURANCE WHILE DRUNK DRIVING, OR TAKING ALL THE WELFARE MONEY, OR CROWDS THE SAFEWAY STORES, REMEMBER ALL THAT.  IT'S TIME SOMETHING BE DONE RIGHT NOW.  ALL THIS TALK ABOUT DOING SOMETHING IS ABOUT AS USEFUL AS A TIT ON A BOAR HOG. SOMETHING NEEDS TO BE DONE NOW!!!!!!!!!!!     http://youtu.be/dP40XYTRYfw

robert_graham
robert_graham topcommenter

"Avila countered, "It is a play on words that's offensive to some people."  Really?  Well then, if you don't want to be called an illegal alien don't come to this country illegally.  So what if the term offends them... it should.

robert_graham
robert_graham topcommenter

It is nonsense to call them anything other than illegal aliens because that is what they are.

saltywench
saltywench

What she is really saying: "My handlers don't drill me on how to answer question, just which talking points to regurgitate. STOP CONFUSING ME AND WHERE'S MY BOURBON?!"

nojailforyou1
nojailforyou1

According to the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952, (INA) and the supporting Immigration Act of 1990 there is no legal definition for "illegal immigrant".

For INA purposes, an "alien" is any person who is not a citizen or a national of the United States. There are different categories of aliens: resident and nonresident, immigrant and nonimmigrant, documented and undocumented ("illegal" ). There is not a category for "illegal immigrant".

Governor Brewer, try reading a book instead of opening your mouth. You might even learn something.

DNichols
DNichols

@Britanicus/Russell Pearce?!

After the 1986 "Amnesty" the following twenty-two years were the "Most Prosperous Years in Total U.S. History".

Until of course the 2008 start of the "Phony Border War", and the I.C.E. Deportation/Incarceration Programs.

America must get through this Dark Period of Racism, Hate, and Bigotry like yours.

We must once again ALL Work Hard Together to make our Nation Strong.

Ripping Mothers from thier Legal Citizen Babies, and Children then Deporting/Dumping them to Die at the Harsh U.S. Mexico Border where Over Forty-two Thousand "Human Beings' now lay dead since the start of I.C.E.  MUST END!!

We are "The Greatest Nation on Earth, time to act accordingly!

To: Good.

Mark Gershaw
Mark Gershaw

No we had that car saleman, forgot his name, but Ty, tell me why an illegal alien or immigrant is not illegal.

Mimm
Mimm

Third-raters like Brewer, who could never get elected dog catcher in a less divided, politically healthier state, keep grasping for every petty chance to insult immigrants because that's what their constituents elected them to do. But what still works locally is rotting the Republican Party as a national institution. Brewer, Arpaio, Pearce, Babeu, the whole misbegotten lot are national party managers' worst nightmare for a good reason. They repulse a majority of Americans.


shadeaux14
shadeaux14 topcommenter

What a hoot. This means, according to Jan, we have an ILLEGAL sheriff in Maricopa County, and several ILLEGAL detention officers and deputies in the MCSO

Benjamin Meyer
Benjamin Meyer

Actually, a person committing an illegal activity is just that.. a person that has committed an illegal activity..anything beyond that is a way to categorize groupings of things to organize information, it is a shortcut we take to aid our personal dogmas and schemas about the universe and serves only to ease uncertainty and increase the belief we are able to control our environment...close though..

Carol Fensand
Carol Fensand

Immigration is a civil not a criminal issue. But we can't expect the governor to know that difference, can we? Sigh...

Carol Fensand
Carol Fensand

They are both vying for the bottom place in AZ gov's...

Francisco Cortez
Francisco Cortez

But you haven't read their copy. The copy provided by the Koch Brothers LOL!

Francisco Cortez
Francisco Cortez

Dumb B! They should make it illegal to be that stupid and be a Governor at the same time.

Catt Cantu
Catt Cantu

OH, I get it! Shoplifters are now know as "illegal shoppers"! Yeah... Stupid.

Walt Creed
Walt Creed

I think idiot Governor is more appropriate.

Don Burt
Don Burt

I didn't think it was possible to be a stupider governor than Ev Mecham -- but I was so terribly, terribly wrong.

Jennifer Powers
Jennifer Powers

The phrase 'Dry Roasted Skank' applies to one person, so no one objects.

Ty Mayberry
Ty Mayberry

It's hard to be the dumbest governor we've ever had but I think we have a winner!

Vincent Orleck
Vincent Orleck

^assuming she actually knows what argument she's trying to make. You know what they say about when you ASSUME...

azlefti
azlefti

OK so why is not complaining about the CRIMINAL BUSINESSMAN  who is hiring the illegals?  You know the  ones who are not being arrested for their Criminal acts?

Mike Edwards
Mike Edwards

Devil's Advocate for the argument she's trying (and failing) to make: If you enter the country illegally, your whole status while there is illegal - independent of any other action while there. The counter argument given here is actually a poorer argument: having broken a law once (regardless of whether or not you paid restitution for it) does not enter you into a continual state of being in violation of the law. That one action was in violation but no one would argue that the person having gone over the speed limit is in constant violation of the law from that point forward. That's nonsensical. The argument she means to make is that if you got here by illegal means (which the group in question did, by definition), their immigration status here is by definition "illegal". Most of us (even those of us who might otherwise agree with that logic) have agreed that the phrase is pejorative and unnecessary in the debate. Our Governor uses it precisely BECAUSE it's pejorative.

Sandy Yost
Sandy Yost

Can we have a new Governor Wednesday, please.

Jim Pompe
Jim Pompe

Does that mean that when a politician breaks the law we can call them "Illegal Politicians?"

Sue White
Sue White

Did she even get her associates' degree, or just spend two years in college? Critical thinking = zero capacity.

Dan Frost
Dan Frost

When you say something moronic, you then are doing something moronic, so your a moron.

Ben Turner
Ben Turner

I like how she thinks. It must be amazing in her head.

Evan C. Paul
Evan C. Paul

Consider the person who steals bread to feed a family. Is that person a criminal? Technically, yes, but do they deserve to be branded as such? Let's say that that person wants to get a job, wants to make money, but is barred from doing so for arbitrary and discriminatory reasons. So the only reason the family is starving is because no one will allow them to make money to support themselves. Is calling that person a criminal still acceptable?

Nathan L. Walyer
Nathan L. Walyer

What is funny is that there really is no such thing as "illegal immigrants" according to constitutional law.

IdontRecall
IdontRecall

@HILLFOLKREDNECK: Hey toothless Hill Billy, go back up over UR hill and regurgitate all that bullshit to UR pigs, chickens and donkeys, and while at it, check if The pig laid an egg already and also don't forget to milk the donkey. Maybe what U need is a Mexican cock up UR ass. AMEN.

IdontRecall
IdontRecall

@JAFFY, I was just wondering, what R U going to DO when all Those U cal "Illegal" alliens get a WORK PERMIT AND LEGAL STATUS, because even U know is going to happen, it won't matter if U foam from UR mouth, UR ass and shit all over the Place; can U stop it from happening boi?, the same goes for that CORRUPT POS , AND "GIN", (say good-bye to the GOLDEN EGGS GOOSE), furthermore, also the LOONIES. ENJOY THAT BIATCH.

sarum
sarum

@DNichols uhhhh . . . during this time convoluted financial instruments, the likes of which the world has never before seen were also devised in order to create a faux prosperity.  Most of the time I just let you go but this situation is not so simple and some of the correlations you make are just flat out wrong.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14 topcommenter

Oh, and I almost forgot, we have an ILLEGAL Attorney General

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@azlefti  

Because that would take intelligence, which immediately disqualifies GED 'Gin' Jan

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