Gov. Jan Brewer responded to a bipartisan plan for comprehensive immigration reform with a call for her supporters to sign an online border security petition run by her political action committee.
In a Monday evening post on her Facebook page, Brewer wrote, “Arizona must have a secure border! Please sign my petition at www.janpac.com.” The post links to Jan PAC’s website, where people can sign a petition declaring, “Yes Governor Brewer, I will stand with you to Secure Our Border. President Obama and the federal government has failed to do its job so we must stand united to protect America!”
Brewer posted the message on her Facebook page several hours after a bipartisan group of U.S. senators, including Arizona Republicans Jeff Flake and John McCain, released the outline of a plan for comprehensive immigration reform. The plan includes a pathway to citizenship for 11 million to 12 million illegal immigrants living in the United States, which would be partly contingent on beefed up border security measures.
The governor, who became the national face of Arizona’s efforts to curb illegal immigration after signing SB 1070 in 2010, was noncommittal about the plan. In a written statement, Brewer said she was pleased with the emphasis the plan put on border security but did not take a position on the plan itself. She also did not say whether she would be willing to support the pathway to citizenship, the plan’s most controversial aspect.