The Arizona governor failed to protect the basic due process rights of the citizens who put her in office. She failed to interpose on behalf of the people she serves and shield them from the specter of federal kidnapping. And she failed to stand up for the U.S. Constitution.
Gov. Brewer vetoed SB1182 on Monday. The bill passed by overwhelming majorities in both the Arizona House and Senate and would have prohibited state compliance with detention without due process provisions written into the National Defense Authorization Act.
In her veto letter, Brewer asserted that the law would put Arizona law enforcement officers between a rock and a hard place.
While I unequivocally support the due process rights of all United States citizens, I cannot support legislation that forces law enforcement – under the threat of criminal penalty – to choose between upholding the constitution and laws of the United States, and abiding by the laws of Arizona.
SB1182 sponsor Sen. Sylvia Allen (R-Snowflake) said Brewer sets up a false dichotomy.Details