Arizona governor hits back against Obama border remarks on YouTube

11:04, May 08, 2010      

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Arizona Governor Jan Brewer took a swipe at U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday, releasing a YouTube video that hits back at him for making light of the Arizona's border struggles, local media reported.

The piece flashes statistics about border-related crime, then cuts to video of Obama's remarks at the recent White House Correspondents' Dinner. The video was released by Brewer's election campaign, The Arizona Republic reported on its website.

In the snippet, Obama is at the podium and says, "We all know what happens in Arizona when you don't have ID. Adios, amigos." In reference to SB 1070 -- the state's tough new immigration law -- and Republican Senator John McCain's assertion that he has not been identified as a maverick, the remark drew laughter from the crowd.

The Brewer campaign video then fades to a stark black screen that says, "No one in Arizona is laughing. Do your job and secure the border," accord to the report.

Brewer, who is a Republican and signed the legislation into law on April 23, has repeatedly said in public appearances and on the stump that the Obama administration and Congress have ignored multiple requests for border security assistance.

Obama criticized the proposed bill before Governor Brewer was about to sign it into law. He said the motion was "misguided " which "threatened to undermine basic notions of fairness that we cherish as Americans."

The law makes it a crime for immigrants to be in the state without proper paperwork. Police are empowered to stop and interrogate those who deemed suspicious.

The law has drawn a tremendous and widespread backlash from civil rights advocates, unionists, immigrants and other organizations and individuals. A number of people have called for boycott against the state.



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