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Jan Brewer, Arizona Governor: Democrats Are Pulling 'Political Stunt' On Immigration

The Huffington Post  |  By Posted: 04/25/2012 12:56 pm

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) hit Senate Democrats on Fox News Tuesday morning, saying the plan to force a vote on legislation nullifying Arizona's controversial immigration law if it is upheld by the Supreme Court was nothing more than political posturing to win votes in the fall.

“It’s just all -- I believe -- a political stunt," said Brewer. "It’s unfortunate because, of course, they’ve had two years to address this issue, and they haven’t done anything. So now they wait until the day before the Supreme Court hears it?"

On Tuesday, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced a bill that would kill the Arizona law in the event that the Supreme Court upholds its constitutionality. As The Huffington Post's Elise Foley reported:

The legislation would bar states from enacting immigration enforcement legislation and prohibit them from seeking to find, apprehend or detain undocumented immigrants without training and authorization from the federal government.

It seems unlikely the bill would gather enough support to pass, given that many Republicans support states' rights to regulate immigration.

Brewer was not the only Republican unimpressed with Schumer's grand plan.

"The Senate hearing is just a publicity stunt on the part of probably the greatest publicity stunt senator in the United States Senate, Chuck Schumer," said Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who defended the controversial bill has being born out of necessity.

The Supreme Court took up the polarizing 2010 immigration law on Wednesday. Early signs seem to suggest a majority of the justices are sympathetic to Arizona's argument, which maintains the law complements federal immigration policy, not supplants it.

A decision from the Supreme Court is expected by the end of June.

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