PHOENIX — 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.
The governor, speaking with reporters last week at the end of the regular meeting of the Arizona-Mexico Commission, sidestepped questions about what she thinks should be done with the families and children apprehended by the Border Patrol and already in detention facilities.
“It’s a hypothetical question because I don’t get to have a decision in that,” she said.
Brewer said she is “alarmed” that federal officials have been flying migrants into Arizona, both families and unaccompanied children, after processing facilities in Texas were overwhelmed. She said the answer is securing the border “so we won’t have to be faced with it again.”
But Brewer said reporters should focus their attention elsewhere.
“Ask the federal government what they’re going to do,” she said. “I don’t see them answering anything,” she said, noting President Obama has ignored her requests to come to the border.
“If the media were to hold the federal government responsible, maybe we would get some answers,” the governor said. “Put a little pressure on them.”
“I will tell you ... I think the press could have a large impact about it,” Brewer continued.
“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. “It’s a created crisis, and it’s their responsibility to deal with it and get it solved.”
Sonora Gov. Guillermo Padres, with Brewer at the conference, did have some thoughts on what should be done with those in detention.
“What would be the first thing for me is their safety, that they be treated well, they be taken care of, their civil rights be respected,” he said. “That would be the base, for their well-being, their safety.”
Padres also made his own push for immigration reform in the United States “so they could legally find a way to stay in this country if that was possible.”
But Padres echoed somewhat Brewer’s point, that the issue of what should happen to these families is not one for him.
“Sometimes we feel frustrated as state representatives because that’s a federal issue,” he said. “We can’t do much but try to be heard.”