Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) reversed course on the immigration issue over the weekend, declaring the Senate’s border surge deal a “victory for Arizona.”
Brewer appeared Monday afternoon on Fox News, echoing a position she first debuted on that channel a day earlier.
“I really, really am claiming victory for Arizona in regards to the border surge,” Brewer told Fox News. “I was writing to the federal government and to Sen. Schumer way back in June of 2010 in regards to the border surge that we needed to see completed before we moved forward. So today hopefully that will get out of the Senate and we can see that they are going to move forward.”
Arizona Sens. John McCain (R) and Jeff Flake (R) are co-authors of the comprehensive immigration reform bill. The new border provision in particular appeals to Brewer, who signed Arizona’s tough SB 1070 immigration law, which was largely struck down by the Supreme Court in 2012.
Watch Brewer’s Fox appearance below:
This post has been updated.
Catherine Thompson is a senior editor for Talking Points Memo in New York City. She came to the site in 2013 and reported on national affairs. Previously, she worked as a research assistant to investigative reporter Wayne Barrett. She can be reached at email@example.com.