“Given the new level of security at our Southern Border as result of the August 2010 law, it would be extremely beneficial for the Committee to hear from you with regard to: 1) why you signed S.B. 1070 in 2010; 2) whether you still believe S.B. 1070 is necessary in light of the substantially increased security situation along our southern border; and 3) whether you favor S.B. 1070 being made a permanent law irrespective of whether conditions further improve along the southern border,” Schumer continued. “We would also appreciate any other insight you can provide regarding the legality and prudence of enacting state immigration laws. As you frequently ask the president to visit the southern border to discuss border security, we expect that you will be eager to engage in a productive dialogue with the Congressional committee responsible for acting upon any border security recommendations you provide.”
Brewer had a testy confrontation with President Barack Obama last month as she greeted him upon his arrival in Arizona. She told reporters that she had come to invite Obama to tour the border with her, but the president complained that he did not appreciate how her last meeting with him was portrayed in her book, “Scorpions for Breakfast: My Fight Against Special Interests, Liberal Media, and Cynical Politicos to Secure America’s Border.” The White House clarified that Obama had indeed expressed his disappointment with the book, but said he would be happy to meet with Brewer again.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.