Univision Anchor Jorge Ramos Sits Down with Arizona Governor Jan Brewer for First Exclusive Spanish-Language Interview

Governor Brewer Speaks About Immigration, the Controversial Arizona SB1070 Law, Border Security and the Challenges She Faces in the Upcoming Mid-Term Elections

Excerpts Air Friday, September 17, 2010 at 6:30PM ET/PT (5:30PM Central) on “Noticiero Univision” and at 11:30PM ET/PT (10:30PM Central) on “Última Hora;” Extended Interview to Air on Sunday, September 19 at 10AM ET/PT (9 am Central) on “Al Punto”

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The Univision Network announced today it will air an exclusive Spanish-language interview with controversial Arizona Governor Jan Brewer since she signed the much-debated SB1070 immigration law. “Noticiero Univision” (Univision News) anchor Jorge Ramos sits down with Governor Brewer to discuss her decision to sign the law and the subsequent legal battle that fueled a heated national debate on border security and immigration reform. Ramos also asks the governor whether she supports the actions of Maricopa County’s controversial Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was recently sued by the Department of Justice for allegedly refusing to fully cooperate in a federal investigation of his department for accusations on racial profiling. Governor Brewer discusses these topics and shares her vision for the future of Arizona and its role in shaping immigration reform in the U.S. as she seeks election in November.

WHEN: Airs Friday, September 17, 2010 on “Noticiero Univision” (Univision News) at 6:30pm ET/PT (5:30pm Central) and on “Última Hora” (Last Hour) at 11:30 PM ET/PT (10:30pm Central)


Extended version of the interview to air Sunday, September 19, 2010 on “Al Punto” (To The Point) at 10am ET/PT (9am Central).



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Interview Highlights:

  • Governor Brewer clarifies that she is neither a racist nor intolerant of other cultures and that she is very disappointed by the rejection from the Latin community.

    “…it's really disappointing to me...” “I feel that I'm somewhat hurt that they would think that I would be a racist, you know? ...and a bigot, and that I would stand by and allow any kind of racial profiling or anything like that to take place.”
  • She says that the SB1070 law is not discriminatory and that President Obama is mistaken when he says that the current security on the U.S.-Mexico border is the best the country has had in the last 20 years.

    “It’s illegal for racial discrimination in America, it is illegal.” “It is illegal in Arizona, so Senate Bill 1070 didn't have anything to do with that. And I specifically added amendments in there to make it very perfectly clear, no questions asked, that there will be no racial profiling.”

    “… I don’t believe that they are secure. The fact of the matter is that they can give us all the data, all the statistics, but it's the facts on the ground that count.”

    “We have people living in the southern parts of the state of Arizona that live in fear. They're worried about the illegal immigration, they're worried about the drug cartels, and they're worried about the spillover that's coming with them.”
  • The Governor also admits she found the inclusion of the State of Arizona in the State Department’s report of human rights violations to the United Nations to be very offensive.

    “That is very offensive; that is super, super offensive that our United States government would turn a duly enacted law of the state of Arizona into the United Nations Human Rights Committee to determine if we were violating human rights. Illegal immigration doesn't have anything to do with human rights. This is about breaking the law and we're a nation of laws.”

  • About Sheriff Arpaio, the Governor commented:

    “I think that Sheriff Joe Arpaio is doing his job to the best of his ability. He took an oath, but it's not my responsibility to monitor Sheriff Joe. And let me say, we are a nation of laws, and he's a law enforcement officer, and he is enforcing the law.”
  • She believes that it is necessary to have a structure to protect the U.S.–Mexico border and prevent illegal immigration and drug trafficking.

    “I don't know if it's a wall, but I think that we need to build our fence and I think we need more national guard down at the border to patrol…”
  • When asked about what to do with the 11 million undocumented immigrants currently in this country Governor Brewer admitted she had no idea.

    “I have no idea, I have no idea. I don't have that solution. I'm taking it one day at a time, but in the meantime I know that Texas and California got their borders secure. I know now that Arizona is the quarter for illegal immigration and drug cartels, we are the gateway and the people in Arizona should not have to bear that burden or feel unsafe in their homes down south of Arizona.”

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Elizabeth Sanjenís, 305-471-4086


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Elizabeth Sanjenís, 305-471-4086