Immigrant Influx Draws Media Criticism from Gov. Brewer

Jun 24, 2014

The way Gov. Jan Brewer sees it, the media should be doing more to press the Obama administration for answers about the flood of immigrants across the border. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and Sonora Gov. Guillermo Padres answer questions last week about the flood of immigrants across the border following the meeting of the Arizona-Mexico Commission.
Credit Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer

Speaking with reporters last week at the end of the regular meeting of the Arizona-Mexico Commission, the governor sidestepped questions about what she thinks should be done with the families and children apprehended by the Border Patrol and housed in detention facilities.

“I will say that I’m not going to answer it because it’s a hypothetical question because I don’t get to have a decision in that,” she said.

Instead, Brewer said reporters should focus their attention elsewhere.

“Ask the federal government, what they’re going to do. What are they going to do? I don’t see them answering anything. I’ve asked the president of the United States to come to our borders repeatedly. And he hasn’t been there yet. If the media were to hold the federal government responsible, maybe we would get some answers. Put a little pressure on them,” she said.

So it’s the media’s fault?

“I think the press could have a large impact about it. I mean, they keep asking the states or governors or people locally what they’re going to do about it when, in fact, we know there’s nothing we can do about it,” she said.

And Brewer called the flood a “created crisis.”