Brewer Declines Invite To Testify On AZ Immigration Law

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer will likely turn down Sen. Chuck Schumer’s request to testify before his committee over Arizona’s controversial immigration law, according to her spokesman, Matthew Benson.

Benson told The Hill that Schumer’s invitation was nothing more than “a publicity stunt.” Benson was critical of Schumer’s timing given that the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear the case that same week.

In his letter to Brewer, Schumer said he “expect[ed]  that [Brewer] be eager to engage in a productive dialogue with the Congressional Committee responsible for acting upon any border security recommendations you provide.”

The Arizona governor, however, was not persuaded and will not likely grace Congress with her presence, her spokesman said.

“It doesn’t look like the most productive use of the governor’s time to attend the Senator’s hearing,” Benson said.

Schumer expressed frustration with the Arizona governor, saying in a statement that he hopes Brewer will reconsider.

“Governor Brewer has long said border security is one of the nation’s most pressing issues, so it is odd that she is unwilling to even come to Congress to defend her views,” Schumer said in a statement. “It makes you wonder whether there is genuine interest in finding real solutions to our broken immigration system.”

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