Gov. Brewer: Illegal Immigrants "Can Take Their Children Back With Them"
Over the weekend, reports were flying that the ultra-right in Arizona is ramping up its threat to go after the children of illegal immigrants and Brewer is evidently establishing herself as a team player.
During a spot on Arizona's ABC Channel 9 (posted by Mediaite on June 11), the local station caught Arizona Governor Jan Brewer asserting that undocumented parents should take their citizen children home with them.
BREWER: It is illegal to trespass into our country -- it has always been illegal. And people have determined that they want to take that chance, and that responsibility, it's not going to tear them apart, they can take their children back with them.
INTERVIEWER: What is your stance on, on mixed-status families? I mean, is that, is that how you feel about it, that they should take their children and go back to Mexico?
BREWER: We are, we are a nation of laws, I mean that is why we are America. Uh, they made a decision. Um, and ah, you know, and, and you pay those consequences unfortunately.
However, while Brewer is correct that "we are a nation of laws," the law is not on her side. The 14th Amendment to the Constitution guarantees citizenship to all children born in the United States, even the children of noncitizens.
By taking a stand against these children, Gov. Brewer is establishing herself as one of the leading anti-immigrant, anti-Constitution, and anti-family politicians in the country.