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Arizona's controversial immigration law the US Supreme Court could hand down its decision as soon as tomorrow morning.
But that's -- -- litigation would be over opponents of the law are waiting in the wings is preparing to thousand of its key provision of SB 1070 is -- help.
The measure requiring police to check the immigration status of people they stop for other reasons they suspect they are here illegally.
The governor who signed SB 1070 and a lot Republican Jan Brewer joins us now governor thanks for your time.
Thank you Shannon it's -- -- you are right I was there the day at the Supreme Court this was argued and watching you come outside the crowds were even more vocal when they were during the health care debate.
Were you surprised at the level of backlash that SB 1070 has generated.
Well you know we knew that it was gonna be a little bit of a lightning bolt but probably not to the extent that -- has created.
You know both sides are concerned.
You know we would like to believe -- people would support the rule of law.
And you know they have the right to demonstrate that yeah.
It is it is gotten more attention that -- we had ever had anticipated.
Well -- we also chatted briefly afterwards -- and most of the folks they are supporting this law who were in the courtroom at the time.
Came out with a renewed sense that they may have won at least partially at the Supreme Court what's your best guess as to what the court will do and how are you preparing for the possible outcomes.
Well I believe you know there's -- a good day at court I think that was a good -- percent of built in seventy.
In regards to their questions and and the responses that were provided that day so I believe that heart of the bill will be upheld.
And that would be the identification portion of it.
And if it at -- upheld then there's going to be probably a lot of challenges and going forward and of course we have some.
Issues still dealing in the federal court and here in federal district -- You know we're a long ways probably from a solution -- -- -- which is absolutely.
Support and not.
Make your opinion positive for the whole senate bill -- but CNN the bottom line is is that.
Senate -- 1070 ought to be upheld their opinion -- come out and be positive because it does nothing more.
Nears a federal law.
So we -- and -- -- country of laws we believe in the rule of law.
Well therefore never goes back.
Yeah you can say there -- four different provisions that you may win on some and lose on others over -- what happens if if portions of -- -- the heart of the bill.
Are upheld there are numerous groups -- -- said they're planning to take it right back to court.
Do you fear that the law will be so tied up in litigation it will never be fully realized.
Well I think eventually it'll be solved in realized you know at the time period is.
Questionable of course.
But you know the bottom line and I will say this again that the do you.
We need our border security in Arizona and we would have a lot of the issues that.
We're all facing in regards to.
Immigration and and the DREAM Act and senate -- 1070 and fast and furious at the federal government which -- step up and do their job.
And secure our borders -- we can all deal with this in a logical manner but in the meantime they've made Arizona the gateway.
Offer on the illegal immigration which comes with that of course.
Is this the drug cartels the violence than that and the drugs.
I ask you about another issue that's now pending at the Supreme Court more of an emergency appeal that has to do with your voter ID law in Arizona and the requirement that those who -- to go register to -- have to have some form of proof of citizenship.
I -- the attorney general they -- your state attorney general is due to file a brief today we could get a decision on that within days as well.
On the what's your take on defending now on the particular requirement that people need to have citizenship proof in order to vote Arizona.
I think it's absolutely imperative that people show identification when they go to vote.
To protect those of us that are going to vote -- we -- disenfranchised.
We know that there's been a history of some voter fraud.
And I'll why shouldn't you I mean if you go to the library you show identification get a library card why did -- show identification.
When you register to vote.
Yeah pretty tired of all this -- and there's a lot of fight back and forth between Arizona and the Justice Department this administration -- are you get worn out at all.
Well I am I am you know that then I get encouraged -- -- by the many millions of people that have not been very supportive of what we're trying to do here in Arizona.
And -- just because we believe in the rule blob we want to do things rightfully and at the federal government the federal administration would step up.
And do their job a lot of these issues would not be here.
We've taken one important when all the way to the Supreme Court will watch says -- issue opinions to see if you get a decision on SB 1070 tomorrow morning 10 AM eastern governor thank you very much for your time.
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