The former Arizona governor who famously wagged her finger at President Obama and who signed the state’s controversial 2010 immigration law on Saturday endorsed Donald Trump in the Republican presidential race.
“For years I pleaded with the federal government to do their job and secure our border,” Jan Brewer, who left office in early 2015, said in a written statement released Saturday by Trump’s campaign. “Today, we can elect a President who will do just that — Donald J. Trump. Mr. Trump will secure our borders, defend our workers and protect our sovereignty. Mr. Trump will stand for our law enforcement, our police and our immigration officers. Mr. Trump will actually enforce the rule of law.
“As a Washington outsider, Mr. Trump gets it,” Brewer added. “He will listen to the people and fight for the citizens of the United States.”
Trump, the Republican front-runner, has made stopping unauthorized immigration a centerpiece of his campaign. His fiery rhetoric has included calling Mexican immigrants “rapists” and drug runners, and he has vowed to build a wall along the Southern border and force Mexico to pay for it.
Trump also has been endorsed by another controversial Arizona border hard-liner, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Arpaio’s Sheriff’s Office was found by a federal judge to have racially profiled Latinos during enforcement activities.