The Republican Governor of Arizona, Jan Brewer
, says she will continue to fight for her state’s illegal immigration law in the wake of a federal court ruling that portions of the controversial law were unconstitutional.
Brewer told Fox News Channel's "On the Record with Greta Van Susteren" Monday: “Of course we are disappointed. The bottom line is it is another hurdle. We believe we are right, Greta, and we are going to continue our battle.”
“I'm going to sit with my staff again tonight and tomorrow make some decisions as to where we going to take it, if we are going to go back to the 9th circuit or if we are going to appeal to the Supreme Court,” Brewer added.
A federal trial court judge ruled last summer that portions of the law were unconstitutional. Gov. Brewer appealed that ruling to the United States 9th circuit, which also came down on the side of the United States Justice Department and President Obama and against the law Brewer signed last year.
In both the trial court and appeal court, the Justice Department argued successfully that Arizona could not take immigration enforcement matters wholly into their own hands, preempting the federal government.
The dissenting judge in the 9th circuit opined, however: "The majority misreads the meaning of the relevant federal statutes to ignore what is plain. Congress intended state and local police officers to participate in the enforcement of federal immigration law."
Not at all discouraged, Brewer told Fox: “[W]e are going to continue this fight. And we're going to win this eventually. It is so frustrating because I sit and think about the stuff that's in that opinion. You know, our law mirrors federal law. Are the feds going to change their laws?”
In a last word, Brewer argued: “Just do your job Mr. President. Enforce the federal law and we wouldn't have these issues. And they are trying to run us out of time, money, and patience. I'm patient. I think Arizona is patient. And I think America is going to be patient.”
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