by John Urban | Top Right News
Its a good thing Jan Brewer is a politician and not a journalist. The Associated Press struck the term illegal immigrant from its lexicon. Not so Arizonas feisty governor and shes not backing down on this one.
Brewer defended her use of the word during an interview with a clearly irritated ABC News Senior National Correspondant Jim Avila, who repeatedly pestered Brewer to change her language, to no avail:
Ive heard you use the phrase over and over and over again. Theyre insulted by the term, illegal immigrant. That that brands a person. What they do is illegal immigration, but the people themselves are not illegals. Have you thought about it at all, with so many Hispanics in your state? To stop using that word illegal immigrant?
No, to me theyre illegal immigrants, Brewer said.
When you break the law, youre doing something illegal, that makes you an illegal, she added. So they are an illegal immigrant.
When Avila called her use of the phrase offensive to some people, Brewer remained firm in her convictions.
Well Im sorry, but I believe that if you break the law and youre an illegal immigrant and youre in this country illegally, you are an illegal immigrant, she said.
She added that the term illegal immigrant was considered politically correct for years as opposed to the more accurate term illegal alien, but now suddenly people want to change it. Brewer also expressed that illegal immigrants are people, but that the law must be followed, for the safety of Arizonans.
Although the annoying Avila wasted nearly half the interview persisting in trying to get the Governor to abandon the term, the rest of the interview was also news-making, as Brewer said the border was not secure by a longshot, and said that she opposes any amnesty bill being passed by Congress this year.
Nice to see Arizonas governor stand by the rule of law, and stick to her guns.
Heres the full interview…