Jan Brewer's Spiteful Anti-DREAMer Policy Costs Almost $700K, So Far

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Here's a free piece of advice for all you journalism majors out there: Go to law school.

As a lawyer, the hours are the same, you can read and write to your heart's content, and you get paid a pant-load to make a phone call.

No kidding. Reading through invoices that law firms submit to public entities, I get the distinct impression that I'm in the wrong business.

Take the billings from the firm Fennemore Craig to the Arizona Department of Transportation for defending Governor Jan Brewer's odious policy of denying driver's licenses to DREAMers eligible for President Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

In less than a year, Fennemore Craig's attorneys have submitted invoices to ADOT and the Governor's Office totaling $686,546.04.

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Fennemore Craig's billings to date in ADAC v. Brewer...

Check these examples: One half-hour of an attorney making two telephone calls and sending an e-mail costs taxpayers $237.50. A 7.4-hour review and assessment of some redacted subject costs $3,515. And 2.2 hours revising a redacted document costs $517.

The invoices are loaded with redactions. Even some of the names of those doing work that's being paid for by Arizona taxpayers are redacted.

According to ADOT spokesman Timothy Tait, the redactions are due to attorney-client privilege.

Still, considering that I'm helping to pay for these attorneys' vacays to France, the least they can do is tell me exactly who I'm paying and for what.

Why isn't the Arizona Attorney General's Office defending the case with staff attorneys already on the gub'mint payroll?

Tait tells me that ADOT director John Halikowski made the call to go with outside counsel, but did not say why.

Not that I blame Halikowski. This is Brewer's mess.The policy is spiteful and unnecessary, and it will end by costing the state a lot more than $700K.


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michael.j.jose
michael.j.jose

"Campbell shot down ADAC's other claim: that the policy is trumped by federal immigration law."

That's because DACA is not federal immigration law.  It is Obama's attempt to unilaterally gut Federal Immigration Law.

Chris Brown
Chris Brown

Again, I'm not Republican and certainly not a tea bagger..your Avi just sucks

Chris Brown
Chris Brown

Oh wow, the most common comeback from a liberal mouth breather. Surprised you didn't say Faux News. I used a Forbes article for reference, but still you went there. I guess I shouldn't expect much however from a guy with a fake name that uses Spicoli as an Avi

Ricky Hollywood
Ricky Hollywood

I was reading that Fox News tells their paid trolls to use mobile devices. Is that true ?

Chris Brown
Chris Brown

Duly noted?? Oh no I better be careful. Ricky Hollywood.. maybe your a TNA wrastler or something, but back to the topic, you're in favor of paying $500.00 a month when you used to pay $200.00? Duly noted

Ricky Hollywood
Ricky Hollywood

Chris is in favor of junk insurance policies. Duly noted

Chris Brown
Chris Brown

BTW Penny, this article clearly states how the policies are in fact not better, nor at a lower cost. That is if you can read for longer than a paragraph.

Penny Tompkins Cook
Penny Tompkins Cook

No one is losing their healthcare, they are gaining better policies. It has been said over and over again. All the bitching has been before they actually discovered how much better their policies will be at a lower cost. Quit bitching just to bitch, Chris

Michele Krone
Michele Krone

Typical of Jan Brewer and her backward policies! I do have to say - this is completely the MOST BRILLIANT picture of her!!! Great Job!

Kirk Dooley
Kirk Dooley

This is what happens when you elect a State Nag.

Sue White
Sue White

Worst in history? Hah! You might actually want to check the true history stats on that...... And while at it, why not stay on topic? Hate the ACA all you want, but be aware that you or someone in your family is probably already benefitting from some provisions of it and you don't even know it.

Chris Brown
Chris Brown

No stories about what a disaster that your messiahs affordable health care act has become?? I mean, we are in the midst of the worst presidency in history. The blunders that have been caused by this administration are quite remarkable, to include this joke called Obamacare. Isn't the fact that this administration knew that 93 million would lose there healthcare a little more pressing than Brewer fighting "dreamers"? I guess it depends on what your agenda is huh?

john043012
john043012 topcommenter

Arizona is not stuck in a backward world its stuck with the lack of support from our government to secure our southern border and enforce our existing laws. We in Arizona have the distinction of being the gateway for illegal immigrants and illegal drug traffic. 

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@john043012  its not just the illegals who are the problem. its our law enforcement and attorneys who are not going after the people who are hiring them also. i am not for illegal immigration either, but i refuse to lay it all on the immigrants themselves when it is also the people who are creating a demand and market for them as well as the people who arent going after those who are using them as a workforce. i like you also blame our government, but i am also blaming our local government as well. Arpaio could arrest the employers and Montgomery could be pursuing charges against them. arresting only the illegals is not an effective way to stop the problem

john043012
john043012 topcommenter

@danzigsdaddy I think the reason local law enforcement is hesitant to aggressively go after the employer lies at the feet of the D.O.J.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@john043012  actually John, your comment about people picking and choosing whats best for the immigration  problem and how there are lunatics running around down town and demonizing any effort to make our state safe is something i agree with you on.....................to a point. i believe it is BOTH sides  that are doing what your comment is jabbing at.  both sides have their own people making a mockery of it, you and i might disagree on who they are though (i think i may have more people on my list than you of WHO is screwing it all up though, and i have people from both sides on my list)

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@Flyer9753 @john043012 The fact that there hasn't even been an employer CHARGED, speaks volumes.  And Employer sanctions was Written by Pearce (with his buddy Kobach), so it was written to do what it was supposed to do in their minds - Let the employers go free!

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@john043012 

The Arizona Employer Sanctions law has NOT been held up by the courts, it is in FULL EFFECT, yet to date, not a SINGLE EMPLOYER HAS BEEN CHARGED!!!

IF the Employer Sanctions law was being held by the court, I might agree with you, but it's not, so what is stopping MCSO and MCAO or any other state Law Enforcement agency from charging employers under it, to take away one of the reasons that illegals come here??? NOTHING!

So once again, your rant is wrong.

The only lunatics are the LEO's who refuse to charge employers, preferring instead to go after the low hanging fruit, rather than one of the causes of the problem.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@john043012 Then John, why did the feds go after Chewy's Resturants and shut them down?


The key here is to look at Arpaio and Danny's Car Wash.  (also busted by the feds, BTW)

john043012
john043012 topcommenter

Yeah we have state laws  such as sb1070 and the courts have done everything possible to shut the laws  down .it seems most of it fell under the federal government jurisdiction. that's a fact I am sure you even agree with. IT seems some people like to pick and chose whats best for the illegal immigration issue and when it comes to any type of local enforcement we have lunatics running wild down town demonizing any effort to make our state safe

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@john043012 @danzigsdaddy 

Interesting.. you bring up GWB and the raids under him... what's interesting is you even attempting to compare the two:

Under Obama there have been more deportations than under GWB.

Under GWB Net illegal immigration was on the rise for 8 years, Under Obama Net illegal immigration fell to zero in 3 years and is now at a Net NEGATIVE (more leaving or being deported than coming here).

Your comparison attempt and overall argument fail badly based on the FACTS.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@john043012 

How can it lie at the feet of the DOJ when Arizona has it's own STATE level employer sanctions law?

You would be correct if we didn't and the Federal law was the only thing employers were chargeable under, but we have our own state law that is supposed to be enforced by state LEO's and to date has not had a single case filed under it.

john043012
john043012 topcommenter

@danzigsdaddy Holder  will  sue our state on any major policy effecting illegal immigrants and as far as dreamers they where given a deferment for 2 years the clock started ticketing on June 15th 2012 they where also allowed to work during that time as long as they qualified and stayed out of trouble. Nothing in the deferred program where they given instate tuition and drivers licenses

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@john043012   Joe is not cooperating with the DOJ on anything else, so i would actually assume that if that were the case, Joe would start arresting the employers more to show the DOJ that we have our own state laws that he wants to be sure are enforced. so i have a hard time seeing how the wants of the DOJ would have been a deterent. we have our own laws that are different than federal (the dreamers nothaving licenses is a good example)

john043012
john043012 topcommenter

@danzigsdaddy A while back under the Bush administration the D.O.J was going after employers I think the last big raid was a meat packing co where over 350 illegals where captured and many where deported along with the owners and managers going to prison. Then Obama and his ilk arrive and holder puts an end to workplace raids on that magnitude. the activists where demanding they stop due to illegals being separated from their citizen children.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@john043012  I am curious, how is the DOJ keeping them from going after the employers? you might be seeing something i am not, or you may not be seeing something that i am. i am not arguing, i just am curious as to your reasoning on the DOJ inhibiting local law enforcement on this matter

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@john043012  i think that that would fall under state law not federal, and it is still up to the police to present it to the attorneys who have to try to make or break the case. not trying to argue, just asking why it is all stopping before an arrest is ever even made. get it into the courts and let them decide

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