The endorsement of Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer surprised Congresswoman Mary Fallin Tuesday in the midst of her gubernatorial campaign talk to residents of Tealridge Senior Center.
“At a time when many have been willing to attack the common sense, rule-of-law reforms we’ve put into place, Mary has stood with the people of Arizona and defended our right to enforce our laws and protect our citizens,” Brewer stated.
Fallin said that she, too, is concerned about illegal aliens breaking the law by coming to Oklahoma and the rest of the nation. She met with Brewer recently to discuss border protection. They discussed ways to enhance legal immigration so people follow the law and become productive U.S. citizens, Fallin said.
The Justice Department on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against an Arizona law aimed at identifying illegal immigrants. President Barack Obama has been critical of Arizona’s law. The lawsuit challenges the new Arizona law allowing police to question suspected illegal aliens as a violation of federal authority.
Fallin said Brewer is tackling illegal immigrants and drug cartels crossing into her state from Mexico.
“She’s trying to protect her state,” Fallin said to a crowd of about 50 people. “So they passed a very tough immigration reform law in Arizona that actually just mirrors what the federal law says.”
Federal law states that illegal immigrants must prove their identification, said Fallin, R-Edmond. Fallin insisted it is not unconstitutional for Brewer to protect her state’s borders.
“As a governor I would be challenging that, too,” Fallin said amid applause. “I’d be standing up and fighting that because it’s the states’ rights to protect their borders and to be able to protect against illegal immigration.”
Tealridge resident Wesley Neidhart said Fallin has a clear direction in her campaign for governor. Voters will go to the polls July 27 to elect their party’s candidate for governor. The general election will be Nov. 2.
“She knows where she’s going,” Neidhart said. “She thinks she knows how to do it, and I think she does. I’m really happy to say that.”
Fallin’s Republican opponents include state Sen. Randy Brogdon of Owasso, Robert Hubbard of Yukon and Roger Jackson of Oklahoma City. Attorney General Drew Edmondson and Lt. Gov. Jari Askins are competing to win the Democratic gubernatorial primary election.
“As a potential governor for our state, I’m very concerned about drugs in Oklahoma and especially any types of Mexican drug cartels coming into our state,” Fallin said. “I’ll do everything I can to fight and keep them out of Oklahoma.”
Also on Tuesday, both Brogdon and Jackson announced they signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform.
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