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Jan Brewer: 'The Federal Government Is After Arizona' (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post   First Posted: 09/08/10 03:19 PM ET Updated: 05/25/11 06:35 PM ET

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Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) spoke with Fox News's Sean Hannity Tuesday night and expressed her belief that the Obama Administration was targeting the state of Arizona with superfluous and unwarranted lawsuits as an alternative to securing the state's border with Mexico.

"The bottom line is that we're all believing that the federal government is after Arizona and they are going after everybody," Brewer, introduced by Hannity as "the woman who refuses to back down," told the Fox News host.

The Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against Arizona's controversial immigration enforcement bill, SB 1070, back in July, claiming that the harsh legislation would create "a patchwork of state and local immigration policies throughout the country." In September, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio was also sued by the DOJ after refusing to cooperate with the Department's probe of the lawman's supposed discrimination against Hispanics.

But Brewer explained these actions as an attempt by the federal government to deflect responsibility for securing the nation's southern border.

"They don't want to do their job," Brewer claimed. "So they just start filing lawsuits and attacking people. Why don't they attack our border and get it secured? A lot of these issues would go away."

Brewer continued, describing herself as a defiant governor seeking to combat the "vote gathering" and political calculating that she said was leading the federal government to endanger the state of Arizona.

"I'm tired of fighting the feds. I'm tired of their tactics," Brewer said. "But I won't give up. Arizona won't give up. I will tell you, we're gonna keep Arizona safe."

Hannity managed to entirely avoid questioning Brewer about a less-than-stellar debate performance last week, as well as a subsequent controversy over a misstated statistic about non-existent beheadings taking place in the Arizona desert. Brewer appeared to take notice, thanking Hannity directly for his support at the end of the interview.

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