Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer defends use of the phrase “illegal immigrant”

Jan BrewerThe Associated Press struck the phrase “illegal immigrant” from its vocabulary, but don’t expect Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer to do the same.

Brewer, a Republican who has been serving as governor since 2009, defended her use of the word during an interview with ABC News Senior National Correspondant Jim Avila, posted on Monday.

“To me, they’re illegal immigrants,” she told Avila, when he pressed her on why she still uses the term that many publications are dropping.

“When you break the law, you’re 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 I’m sorry, but I believe that if you break the law and you’re an illegal immigrant and you’re in this country illegally, you are an illegal immigrant,” she said.

She added that the term “illegal immigrant” was considered politically correct for years, 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.

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  1. GregB says:

    Why should illegal immigrant be offensive? Anymore than calling a criminal a criminal.

    1. Deborah says:

      The looney left sure gets offended when one does not play along with their attempts to redefine the definitions of words…

    2. MichMike says:

      I’m offended at your use of the word “criminals” to describe people who break the law and commit crimes. These people are really just “victims of society” who are trying their best to get by in an unfair world that is holding them back!!! Yes, sarcasm intended here….

    3. Johnny says:

      These people are NOT immigrating…. they are Illegal and they are Aliens!!

      They are not here to add to the job of building a Republic… THEY ARE HERE
      TO GET WHAT THEY CAN and could not care less what laws they break or what
      it costs you and yours in the process.

      The Term ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT IS WRONG…. ILLEGAL ALIEN and CRIMINAL
      more closely resembles what is coming across our border. Does BOSTON bring
      an image to your memory banks?

  2. TERRY FISHER says:

    I AGREE WITH THE GOVERNOR, I LIVE IN TENNESSEE AND SHE’S RIGHT IF YOU BREAK THE LAW IT IS ILLEGAL, WHEN YOU COME FROM ANOTHER COUNTRY TO THE UNITED STATES YOU ARE AN IMMIGRANT….THUS THE CORRECT PHRASE IS ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT. IF PEOPLE FIND IT OFFENSIVE TOUGH CAA CAA THESE ILLEGALS COME HERE CIRCUMVENTING THE LEGAL SYSTEM TO GAIN JOBS AND GOVERNMENT HAND OUT THAT THE LIBERAL DIMWITS IN WASHINGTON HAND OUT LIKE CANDY TO LITTLE KIDS.
    TO PAY FOR ALLTHESE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS OBAMA WANTS MORE MONEY FROM THE LEGAL CITIZENS.THE NEW IMMIGRATION BILL IN CONGRESS SHOULD BE WRITTEN WITH HARSH AND UNAPOLOGETIC LANGUAGE,”IF YOU CAME HERE WITHOUT PROPER DOCUMENTATION THE YOU GOT 60 DAYS TO GET YOUR STUFF AND GO BACK WHERE YOU CAME FROM AND APPLY FOR IMMIGRATION STATUS THROUGH THE UNITED STATES LEGAL SYSTEM”. THERE IS NO NEED TO BE KIND AND WORRY ABOUT OFFENDING THESE ILLEGAL,BECAUSE IT’S OFFENSIVE TO ME THAT DEMOCRATS CATER TO THE HISPANIC VOTE. THE HISPANIC COMMUNITY IS A FINE GROUP BUT IF THEY PROTEST THEN THEY KNOW SOMEONE OR THEY ARE AN ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT!! IT’S TIME TO STOP THIS FIASCO AND SEND THEM BACK TO GET IN LINE BEHIND THOSE WHO ARE TRYING TO DO IT THE RIGHT WAY.

    1. grandma liberty says:

      Well said… they are and always be illegal immigrants just as terrorists will always be terrorists!!

  3. binky354 says:

    Hang tough, Jan Brewer!

  4. LAPhil says:

    I think they should have stuck with “wetback”. There’s nothing racist about the term, because it only refers to the act of swimming across the Rio Grande. But of course that logic wouldn’t fly in today’s politically charged climate where anything which could be considered offensive is simply prohibited in common discourse.

  5. George Messick says:

    They are not immigrants, they are aliens, they have invaded our country.

    1. pierce says:

      Um, Mexicans are largely American Indians. So you fail. Not aliens. Your fam, on the other hand, might be from Europe or Eastern Europe or even Africa or Asia. That would qualify as alien. but i guess education in Tennessee is rationed . . .

      1. Rodolfo says:

        Oh please, Pierce.
        Another left-wing White guy trying to defend the poor Brown people?

        Get over yourself. We don’t need your help.
        Even Amerindians came from ASIA!
        George is right. They’re invaders.

      2. gbm says:

        Dear Pierce:
        Seems your education speaks volumes about your ignorance of just what an illegal alien is……….my family came from Europe………legally……..those who choose to ignore a soveraign nations borders and laws are illegal aliens……..maybe you think the color red should be renamed blue……DUH!

      3. Johnny says:

        Pierce… Please!!
        Your comments qualify for the phrase to you … “Papers Please”

        What is coming across our borders ILLEGALY can only be classified as INVADERS.
        They are not coming to our country as a value added to our REPUBLIC or they would
        expect to obey the very same laws imposed in THEIR COUNTRY. Enter legally and we
        have no problem… ENTER AS AN INVADER and you can be treated the same as your
        country treats ILLEGALS. I do believe MEXICO AND CENTRAL AMERICA
        SHOOTS THEM……..

        Please continue your class in Berkley and stay Clear of the United States.

  6. John41 says:

    How about FOREIGN BORN CRIMINALS, instead?

  7. pierce says:

    Somebody tell Jan Brewer and her defenders that being in this country without proper authorization or documents is . . . AN ADMINISTRATIVE OFFENSE.

    So get your facts straight and get off your high horses. Everyone wants to be the last one in before the door is shut and as an Hispanic with plenty of American Indian blood, I am tired of having to educate my fellow Americans as to what constitutes “illegal” or not.

    And as for Jan Brewer, she being a senior citizen, she better hope her nursing home does not hire the wrong people who must might not decide to bathe her or feed her her oatmeal.
    What goes around . . . .

    1. wally12 says:

      Sorry pierce but Brewer is correct. Just because you or the democrats or the PC police want to change the name doesn’t mean it should change. Tell me what does the Mexican government do to either US or south Americans who come into Mexico without the proper papers or approval. That is correct, they end up in jail. What is the term used. It is illegal and that is why they end up in jail.Get it? If you or any of the ones who cross the border without the proper papers get termed an illegal, then do not cross. By the way, what it is meaning of your statement that “everyone wants to get in before the door is shut and that you have both Hispanic and American Indian blood” have to do with this discussion? The answer is nothing. Last, why are you making threats to Jan Brewer? You have no business making such a discussing remark. She is expressing her first amendment right to speak just as you have a right to your opinion but it should be civil.

    2. Speak my mind says:

      Well Pierce, you would be offended.Try and use the “feel good” terms as much as you want but it is what it is no matter how pretty people try to make it sound. Maybe they should get the proper documentation the legal way when entering this country and we won’t have to have conversations about why they should be called illegals.

    3. Rodolfo says:

      Still at it huh?
      Don’t flatter yourself. Not all Latinos like invaders like you do.
      Saying you’re part Amerindian hardly gives you the right to be here illegally.
      Tell me, where are all the Indian nations? Oh yeah, they no longer exist, do they?

    4. sharon says:

      Undocumented people who are NOT American citizens have NO right to work in this country. Period.
      Until the 30′s and 40′s, it was mostly citizens who worked the fields, and plenty of children.

      The way things are going now, illegal immigrints are making a mockery of our generosity.

  8. raintyday says:

    Good for you Jan Brewer for standing behind an honest open statement. It’s democrats that wants a change of straight meanings for coverup reasons. Honesty never needs covered up!

  9. David says:

    Just b/c a bunch of leftwing nutjobs want to sugar coat everything & as usual it all for political gain, who cares what they think. Who is offended of being called an illegal immigrant, the Illegal immigrant? Liberals have turned into total; idiots and the leading Idiot, the leading muslim is making them look like Idiots.

  10. Ellen says:

    If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck then it’s a Duck! So Jan Brewer is just calling them exactly what they are…. Illegal Immigrants. Stick by your guns Jan!

  11. Deserttrek says:

    they are illegal aliens, not immigrants. I like wetback myself. if the wets don’t like it then go back to mexico or where ever.

  12. Cristo52 says:

    You tell ‘em, Jan. You’re the only damn honest politician out there. Keep it up, there’s plenty of folks behind you.

  13. jrwondra says:

    None of my grandparents were born in the U. S. Neither of my parents spoke Enhlish until they started school. We have neither sympathy nor tolerance for people who avoid personal responsibility and show no respect for the laws, norms and traditions of others.
    If you want to come to the U.S. to be “American,” then you must accept the U.S. laws and regulations for doing so. Otherwise, you are an illegal alien.

    The border governors, sheriffs and police should remain united in defense of our States’ sovereignty and laws, regardless of what the federal government decides for political expedience.

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