Gov. Brewer sued over license policy for immigrants
Battle heats up in Arizona
- Duration 5:00
- Date Nov 30, 2012
Battle heats up in Arizona
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Of the immigration -- battle is heating up in the state of Arizona immigration rights advocates now suing the governor Jan Brewer.
For denying drivers' licenses to those who are here illegally.
But yet qualify for a presidential order which allows them to stay in the US.
-- Your folks have been granted the right to live and work here they cannot drive school they cannot drive to work.
I'm and it's just -- policy matter it just makes no sense it's counterproductive.
Well the person at the center this is with me now Arizona governor Jabber governor good morning and welcome back to America's Newsroom.
-- illustrated and -- what what do you say those detractors on this decision.
Well you know I say that it fell on the state of Arizona.
And we are just uploaded in a -- what's been called out by the legislature.
The law was passed.
Here in Arizona that illegals -- could not obtain a driver's license in the state of Arizona.
And that took place probably.
Maybe in 1996.
So it's been on -- books for a long long time.
And so in the G you're gonna have declared -- had an Ngo in the White House announced a new plan that it if you were here in the US before the age of sixteen.
And you were younger than the age of 31 and you've been here at least five years you can stay.
Now that's -- us beyond the broad outline of his proposal that was passed over the summer.
But but we're arguing is that look the law the land and Arizona's that a purely illegal you do not get the same rights as those who are legal correct.
Right I mean it's the states that licenses.
Are -- -- that this state is the one that licenses the people to be able to drive on the streets is not the federal government and we don't.
Licensed kids under sixteen we don't -- -- drivers.
We and our laws are very clear and I took an oath to uphold that so.
You know I if not I want and I'm not surprised that I'm being sued but and I.
That's that the lie and I go to a baby my oath of office.
I will see where this goes is -- works his way through the courts I wanna get the health care in a moment here but are you aware of the with what the house considering that considering today.
Republicans in the house on immigration about to Alter the green car program.
To allow those with advanced degrees to get more green cards -- if you are up to speed on -- He supported.
I I am not up to speed out of -- I mean I would defer my comments on -- until I did hear a little bit more about it.
Understood on health care now you are one of seventeen.
Who will not set up a state run health exchange program.
That was part of the obamacare the Affordable Care Act the ACA.
And you have said this decision not to set an exchange is the most difficult decision -- your political life.
Well it that certainly has been since you know being in office I've had to make a lot of different decisions that this has been very very difficult because.
We all know that we have to address this issue we have to make sure that it.
Health care is affordable and accessible to those that need it and make it easier for them to obtain.
But the bottom line -- is with the affordable health care act.
And in regards to the health exchange it is simply is to expand -- and it will not be a state run.
Exchange that federal government virtually.
We'll have all kinds of input into an oversight moving in and it's far too expensive.
Moving forward here in Arizona and cost us 227000040.
A year to implement in keeping going so.
So you are describing a lack of flexibility and expense that could run forty million dollars per year.
For people who live in Arizona but what what do you mean how you would have little to record.
Flexibility in the program what -- Washington tell you to do that you don't think it's acceptable.
Well we don't know we don't even know what is acceptable at this point in time we still don't have answers to the questions that we need to really know to see how it how it's gone up.
Up packed our budgets in states.
But we do need flexibility.
In Arizona particularly.
We have a Medicaid program here in Arizona and it's probably the model.
Up for the countries can't access and -- decapitated form and we have waivers we don't know we're going to be able to obtain some more.
Waivers to help us get through this isn't terribly expensive process so.
We decided that we're not going to begin this thing go down that path starting without the help exchanged we know.
That if -- health care act is -- the law of the land.
And then we're gonna have to deal with that we can deal with that later on but in the meantime the exchange will not take place in Arizona and we will leave that up to the federal government to implement it.
Do it in a -- which is acceptable to the people.
There are some who believe more than twenty states could reject this year one of seventeen at the moment Jan -- of Arizona thank you for your time today.
They can't help.