The governor rejected claims that the legislation, which gives police more power to stop and detain those not in this country legally, amounts to legalized racial profiling. She said the measure contains sufficient protections to individual constitutional rights. And if that isn't enough, Brewer signed an executive order requiring that all police officers get proper training about when they can - and cannot - stop and question people about their immigration status.
The governor pointed out, both in her statement and that executive order, that the new law prohibits police from using race or ethnicity as the sole factor in determining whether to pursue an inquiry. But she conceded that it does permit either to be used as one factor for an officer's consideration. And she defended the language."We have to trust our law enforcement," Brewer said. "Police officers are going to be respectful," the governor continued. "They know what their jobs are, they've taken an oath. And racial profiling is illegal."
...She also said those who believe the law will lead to civil-rights violations are "alarmists," saying there has been "a lot of misinformation" in the media about what's in the bill. "But there are people who are alarmists, who want to cause chaos, and they particularly don't want to always listen to the facts," the governor said..
Attorney General Terry Goddard said those who challenge the law may have a case. Goddard said he won't be involved in deciding how and whether to defend the statute, as he is running against Brewer for governor and publicly called on her to veto the measure.
All three of her Republican foes in the gubernatorial primary are on record urging a signature. And every Republican legislator, except Sen. Carolyn Allen of Scottsdale, voted for the legislation..