Last updated on: 4/28/2010 | Author: ProCon.org

Janice K. Brewer Biography

Title:
Governor (R) of the State of Arizona
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?"
Reasoning:

“The federal government is also failing to control our southern border and refusing to pay for its failure. As you know, I have ordered the Arizona Department of Corrections to return to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement – as soon as possible – all non-violent criminal aliens for immediate deportation as allowed under existing law…

This is both insult and injury to Arizona taxpayers. In this process, we must ensure public safety – my highest priority as Governor. I will be working with Senator Russell Pearce and others to enhance the existing penalties for any criminal alien who returns to our state. Enough is enough. Secure our border…

I will work with the Legislature to enact common-sense reforms to deter illegal immigration in our state. We are a nation of immigrants. However, we cannot tolerate those who break the law to gain the right to live in America.”

Arizona 2010 State of the State Address, www.stateline.org, Jan. 11, 2010

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Individuals with advanced degrees in fields relevant to immigration. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to immigration.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Governor (R), State of Arizona, 2009-present
  • Secretary of State (R), State of Arizona, 2003-2009
  • Member, Arizona Rifle and Pistol Association
  • Delagate, Republican National Convention, 2004
  • Chairman, Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, 1996-2006
  • Senator (R), Arizona Senate, 1987-1996
  • Representative (R), Arizona House of Representatives, 1983-1987
  • Former Vice-Chairman, Arizona Criminal Justice Commission (ACJC)
  • Former Co-Chairman, Continuum of Care (homeless issues organization)
  • Former Vice-Chairman, WESTMARC (coalition of business and government for economic development)
  • Former Board Member, Child Help USA
Education:
  • Attended Glendale Community College (Arizona)
Other:
  • None found