While campaigning for Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) this weekend, Fox News contributor Sarah Palin strongly defended the state’s draconian new immigration law and called on other states to follow the Arizona’s lead. Palin praised Brewer for signing the law, calling Arizona “ground zero” for border security issues. She also denied that the law would lead to racial profiling, and said of the new powers granted to police officers, “I think for most American people the reaction to that would be, ‘Why aren’t [police] already doing that?” Recalling a line from her former presidential running mate, Palin added, “We’re all Arizonans now“:
“It’s time for Americans across this great country to stand up and say, ‘We’re all Arizonans now,’ ” Palin said. “And in clear unity we say, ‘Mr. President, do your job. Secure our borders.’ ”
Palin also said Arizona was an example for the rest of the nation to follow. She was in town to speak at the Arizona Sportsmen for Wildlife Conservation’s annual banquet at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa in north Phoenix.
At the event, Palin and Brewer launched a new website to fight the mounting boycotts of Arizona protesting the new law. SecureTheBorder.org, paid for by Brewer’s reelection campaign, features a photo of Palin and Brewer, and encourages visitors to sign a petition saying, “I demand our border be secured and I oppose any boycott of Arizona.” The website also encourages people to “[t]ake a stand and call or email” organizations that have pledged to boycott. The boycotts seem to be significantly worrying Brewer, as she established a new tourism task force whose “top priority” is to “stanch the flow of lost trade and convention business in the state.” “We were surprised by [the boycotts],” a task force member said. “We didn’t think it was going to be a tourism issue.” Palin also criticized the boycotts last week.