PHOENIX -- Gov. Jan Brewer called part of an immigration proposal in the U.S. Senate that would double the number of federal agents along border and provide illegal immigrants with a lengthy pathway to citizenship “a victory for Arizona.”
Speaking Monday on Fox News, Brewer stopped short of fully endorsing the immigration efforts led by Arizona’s Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake, who are part of the so-called “Gang of 8” in the Senate. But Brewer did say she liked where the bill was heading.
“I’m glad that they finally decided to talk about the border surge that we’ve called out for since 2010,” said Brewer, whose political profile soared nationally soon after signing one the nation’s toughest immigration laws (SB 1070) three years ago.
To make sure her comments were not mistaken for an official endorsement, Brewer posted a series of tweets after appearing on the national news network.
For the record, I have not endorsed the Gang of 8 #immigration bill.— Jan Brewer (@GovBrewer) June 24, 2013
I am supportive of the border surge element of the Corker amendment. Border security MUST come first as part of any bill. #immigration— Jan Brewer (@GovBrewer) June 24, 2013
Brewer later said on Twitter:
I am confident House Republicans will improve this bill and make it workable for the American people. #immigration— Jan Brewer (@GovBrewer) June 24, 2013
The Senate is on the verge of passing a historic and comprehensive immigration package. A procedural vote set for this afternoon and passage could happen before July 4th holiday, next week.
Republican Sens. Bob Corker of Tennessee and John Hoven of North Dakota added an amendment onto the immigration bill to last week that would increase the number of agents patrolling the border t0 40,000 from the current level of 21,000 at a cost of $40 billion. The amendment also would spend billions more on technology upgrades and fencing on the U.S.-Mexico boundary.
You can find Gov. Brewer's comments online.