Gov. Jan Brewer promised Monday that Arizona would never “turn blue” in a presidential election while she was governor, predicting that she would help deliver the state to Mitt Romney on Nov. 6.
“On my watch, it won’t turn blue,” the Republican told Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren."
Brewer, in Tampa for the convention, also predicted that Romney would “knock it out of the park” in his nomination acceptance speech, which she said would provide a great opportunity for him to "reintroduce" himself to the American people.
But Brewer said she was looking forward to hearing more about what a Romney administration would do about illegal immigration and “getting our borders secure,” which she described as two of the biggest issues facing the country.
The governor, who has been sued by the federal government over the state's own immigration laws, said she welcomes the Republican platform’s call for the lawsuits against Arizona and Alabama over immigration to be withdrawn if Romney is elected.
“I think it’s outrageous for the government to sue states for doing the job they won’t do. It’s the bottom line,” she said, adding that the federal government needs to understand that Arizona in the main entryway into the United States for illegal immigrants.
More has to be done to secure the border, and the federal government is failing at it, she insisted.
“Why can't they secure the border in Arizona?” she asked. “We need aerial defense, more troops on the border, and we need them to understand that we are the gateway, we are the gateway for illegal immigration into America.
“And it’s not just the aliens that are coming here and looking for work, it's the drug cartels,” she added.
Brewer again lashed out at President Barack Obama's immigration policies, particularly his directive that allows some illegal immigrants — those that are non-felons or children who were brought to the United States by their parents — to get work permits.
In response, Brewer has ordered her administration to deny driving permits to illegal immigrants, a move critics say is aimed at making it more difficult for them to take advantage of the presidential directive.
She complained the government had also made it more difficult for her state to enforce immigration laws by taking away the ability of local authorities to investigate and arrest illegal immigrants.
“It’s all political pandering at this point in time,” she said, suggesting Obama was trying to shore up support among Hispanics in his bid for re-election. “There’s a hotline if you believe your civil rights are abused, you can call directly into the Department of Justice.
“There they are, they’re supporting the lawbreakers, kind of setting everybody up, and then they're taking law enforcement and taking their authority away,” Brewer added.
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