Jan Brewer: Federal Suit Against Arizona Law is "Outrageous"

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer talks about signing the immigration bill SB1070 into law Friday, April 23, 2010, in Phoenix. The sweeping measure would make it a crime under state law to be in the country illegally, and would require local law enforcement to question people about their immigration status if there is reason to suspect they are in the country illegally. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer
AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin

BOSTON -- Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer told a group of reporters Fiday that the federal government's decision to sue her state over a controversial immigration law is "outrageous."

The law, expected to take effect later this month, would give local law enforcement officials the right to check the immigration status of suspected illegal immigrants. Brewer, who's in Boston attending the National Governors Association's annual summer meeting, said she is "very confident" that her state will win the legal dispute.

"Absolutely," Brewer said. "We feel very, very confident that we stand on good ground, that we will push forward, and believe from our heart that it is constitutional and is the right thing to do."

After being informed of the federal lawsuit, Brewer said she spoke with President Obama, but she categorized her conversation with him as "disappointing." Brewer added, "When he spoke with me, I thought we could have a good dialogue and maybe read the bill and come to some kind of solution."

The three-day gubenatorial conference is expected to draw even more attention tomorrow, as pro-immigration groups are planning a large demonstration to protest Brewer's visit to the state.


Fernando Suarez is a digital journalist for CBS News. Read more of his Hotsheet posts here.

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