Today, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger delivered the undergraduate commencement address at Atlanta’s Emory University. At one point in his speech, Schwarzenegger took a swipe at Arizona’s newly passed radical immigration law, joking that he was planning to speak in Arizona, but with his “accent, I was afraid they would try to deport me“:
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger joked that he was afraid of being deported in Arizona during a commencement speech he delivered Monday at Emory University in Atlanta.
Schwarzenegger’s office provided a copy of his prepared remarks and confirmed he made the Arizona joke. “I was also going to give a graduation speech in Arizona this weekend,” Schwarzenegger said. “But with my accent I was afraid they would try to deport me.”
Schwarzenegger had previously attacked the Arizona law and called for comprehensive immigration reform during an appearance on Jay Leno. “Let me just say that I, as governor here, I would never do that in California,” he told the host. “[The] federal government does not get their act together and have immigration reform so that we know who is in this country, how many people are in this country, do the background checks, let people come in legally and work here because we need the workers, and all the people cross legally and do everything in a legal way.”