Gov. Brewer upset with suit over Arizona's SB 1070

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Arizona Governor Jan Brewer was in the Old Pueblo Thursday. Mention of newly announced plans to sue our state over SB 1070 got her worked up. She lashed out at President Obama and his administration, mostly because of how she found out about the litigation.

In this interview with an Ecuadorian television station, secretary of state Hillary Clinton unveiled the Obama administration's plan to deal with SB 1070, "President Obama has spoken out against the law because he thinks that the federal government should be determining immigration policy. And the justice department, under his direction, will be bringing a lawsuit against the act."

Governor Jan Brewer was in Tucson Thursday to address the Tucson chamber of commerce at their legislative wrap-up event, "That they are going to sue us without coming straight to the state of Arizona and notifying me personally, it's outrageous, and it's unacceptable."

It marks the latest controversy in the polarizing debate over SB 1070, the law that requires police to question people about their immigration status if officers have a "reasonable suspicion" they're here illegally.

The law has resulted in boycotts of Arizona from opponents of the bill both in the U.S. and Mexico.

"38% of our retail is legal Mexican visitors. And they're all going to Mexico and California now. We can't afford that hit to our economy," says Representative Steve Farley.

Governor Brewer met with President Obama two weeks ago to talk about immigration policy, and she says that at no time did he indicate he would get involved in a lawsuit over SB 1070, "So it's unfortunate. That's not the way you do business. That's not the way you solve problems, and that's not how you treat each other as elected officials."

A legal defense fund has been set up to help Arizona defend lawsuits brought against SB 1070. $48,000 has been collected so far.