Clinton spokesman stands by her words in immigration fracas

June 18, 2010

OBAMA/Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s suggestion that the U.S. government would sue to block Arizona’s tough new immigration law raised some eyebrows around town, not to mention in Arizona.

But at the State Department, Clinton’s press people have had little to say — except that “her words speak for themselves.”

And they have said that over and over again.

State Department spokesman Mark Toner was grilled about Clinton’s comments in an interview with an Ecuadoran television station on a trip to Latin America last week.

A lawyer herself, Clinton is known to be careful with words and her statement that President Barack Obama had directed the Justice Department to prepare a lawsuit against the act was the first indication that the administration may seek a legal challenge to the Arizona law, which would require police to determine the immigration status of any person they suspect of being in the country illegally.

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, who supported the law, was quick to react, saying she was “stunned and angered” by Clinton’s comments.

But with neither the White House nor the Justice Department ready to publicly confirm Clinton’s prediction,  spokesman Toner was left to fend for himself as he sought to explain his boss’s words.

OBAMA/Selected pieces of the conversation follow:

TONER:  She was asked a question. The words speak for themselves.

QUESTION:  So you’re saying she did not misspeak?

TONER:  I’m saying her words stand for themselves.

QUESTION:  But the question is not about the legal steps.  The question is about what the secretary said.

TONER:  And I will say for the third time that her words speak for themselves.

QUESTION: Let’s talk about what she acutally said in the interview. Did she misspeak?

TONER:  Her words speak for themselves.

QUESTION:  That doesn’t answer the question.

TONER:  No, her words speak for themselves.

QUESTION:  She did not — she did not misspeak, so the administration is intending to sue Arizona.

TONER:  Her words speak for themselves

Toner  ended the exchange by noting that “I’ve said what I’m going to say on this,” words which presumably speak for themselves.

Now we’ll have to wait to hear what Clinton — or her boss President Obama — have to say.

 

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has a lot of nerve talking anything about Law.

Hillary did Not come forward to “Spill the beans” to “We the People” before Obama’s swear-in theatrics. Now that is a Conspiracy. The Plot thickens.

This current Un-Constitutional challenge by the Federal government to the State of Arizona is further proof that the Federal government must now be cut way down drastically. Remember where the Federal government originally received its powers from and its limits. You people in Washington need to step down off your “high horses.” Better yet, in the best interest of “We the People” can you all just start re-signing? We don’t need you. Most of you are “tainted.”

Yes Hillary, You need to resign also! You are most defiantly “tainted”. Also, I’ve seen your State Department Web-site. The U.S.A. is a Constitutional Republic and not a Democracy. You sure push a lot of Propaganda, most of which is not in the best Interest of “We the People.” Do you really think most of U.S. and the Foreigners believe your lines?

“We the People” will move into the 21st Century with Our God-Given Freedoms and NEVER give up Our National Sovereignty.

“Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations; entangling alliances with none.” –Thomas Jefferson

“Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence, (I conjure you to believe me fellow citizens) the jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake; since history and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of Republican Government.” – George Washington

Our Forefathers were brilliant. They wrote Article 2 Section 1 Clause 5 of the Constitution for Obama:

“No Person except a natural born citizen, or a citizen of the united States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President;”

Obama 100% is not a “Natural Born Citizen.” Because of his father’s foreign citizenship. Obama has “dual allegiances” according to the Framers.

Obama can not be President. No how, No way! Enough Is Enough!

Obama your Supreme Court Appointment is Void. Your Socialist Health-Care Bill is void. You, Obama, and your crew have created a Constitutional Crisis. Obama, who can you blame now?

The Real Bosses of the U.S.A., “We the People” do not even know 100% if Obama the Traitor is even a U.S. citizen.

Obama is Guilty of Treason, Sedition, Fraud and many other crimes against “We the People”.

Obama’s Administration has now become a “House of Cards.”

“We the People” can no longer Tolerate Obama’s Treasonous Charade as Commander in Chief! Enough Is Enough!

Resign Now! Please leave. You are the Problem Obama. Don’t you have ANY shame? “We the People” will fix all Our problems. We are good people. We will NEVER give up Our God- Given Freedoms and Liberty.

Obama, you can never be the Legal President of the U.S.A. Ever!

Obama’s signature and FALSE Authority is NULL and VOID on ALL Executive Orders, Legislature, Treaties, Laws and Appointments.

“We the People” can NOT just pick and choose the parts of Law – “Our Beloved Constitution” – that we will follow or enforce.

It’s all or Nothing! The whole U.S. Constitution Matters!

Obama, you are an embarrassment! Your Authority is Fake!

Make it Easy Obama for “We the People” and Resign!

http://www.tomdavidd.com/blog/

“I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them but to inform their discretion.” –Thomas Jefferson

“God Bless America, but most importantly, America Must Bless God!”

“We now must call for the immediate resignation of Barry Soetero (AKA President Barack Hussein Obama) …..based on Incompetence, Deceit, Fraud, Corruption, Dishonesty and Violation of the US Oath of Office and the Constitution.” — Paul E. Vallely

http://standupamericaus.com/lincoln-reag an-dinner:33318

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MqvCg2JAZ F4

Posted by thomdd1959 | Report as abusive

this is Arizona’s business…These pronouncements from Hilarious only serve to foster stste’s rights, and it’s high time..if Hilarious is smart, she’ll butt out of this…we all know what to do about all this but have hesitated..in the meantime let’s thank Hilarious and her buddies for all they do to help mobilize us to deal with the current Federal government and elect the right people in November..

Posted by gramps | Report as abusive

There will be a confrontation soon between Americans who want a halt to illegal immigration occupancy and the zealots who want open borders? NumbersUSA has all the answers to these question of those pandering to specific ethnic organizations, and wants you to keep subsidizing illegal aliens lives. Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada has the followers who see nothing wrong, for you to keep unceasingly pay-out for illegal alien families who need urgent care in hospitals, education for their children and other welfare programs. Our country is 13 Trillion dollars in debt, which is mostly owed to Communist China. We have about 15 million people slogging the streets for jobs, but their is estimated to be 8.5 million foreigners working on bogus ID and Social Security numbers employed. If you haven’t checked your Credit report lately, I suggest you do? My own Social Security number was compromised of all things by a person working for a Security Firm in Dallas, TX.

Apart from Sen. Reid who has to go, Pelosi in charge of our Homeland Security, Clinton, Holder, Morton, Boxer, Schumer and Graham are all set on–FORCING–through another financially crippling–AMNESTY. Now that this fury battle has been ignited by the Arizona SB 1070 police law, we must not let this controversial issue sink quietly beneath the oil situation in the Gulf. Governor Brewer is an upstanding patriotic American and doesn’t crawl to powerful influences of businesses who hire illegal aliens, ethnic caucuses and reams of other soft-brained idiots, who want massive avalanches of people from South-North of the border or intentionally overstayed their visa.

As a Independent, a Tea Partier I want politicians working for every American and legal entrant. Years of neglect have come back to haunt each political parties and now they are going to serve you a hundred billion dollar bailout. By legalizing criminal aliens who violated our sovereign law of defending our borders from drug criminals and others with criminal records escaping from foreign law enforcements. The criminal element is prevalent in the border state of Arizona, but if we don’t throw out of office the corrupt lawmakers, the spreading violence and criminal activity will get worse. IN EVERY STATE!. It’s outrageous when an American public servant such as Madame Clinton reveals to a foreign Diplomat about our internal affairs before the US taxpayers who pay her salary. Clinton might is against the “ATTRITION OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS, but Governor Brewer has already received $48.000 from the Average Citizen-legal resident to support this the SB 1070 policing law.

Liberals are strictly behind this obnoxious push to obtain quasi–legitimate path to citizenship, which must be stopped at any cost. Learn about the corruption in Washington and in State Capitols in both ruling parties. Your vote is powerful, so its up to you and only–YOU! Obama’s administration Czars are debunking our US Constitution and not following the voice of the people? Support the State of Arizona. Stop any immigration Amnesty as it will bankrupt many states. Don’t follow the fate that the Sanctuary–illegal alien–state of California is suffering from? De Mint is right–investigate for yourself, the money extracted by the IRS to pay for the invasion. Hundreds of thousands of “Anchor babies” get free everything for parents, including low income housing. Discover the abhorrent facts on NumbersUSA and Judicial Watch. Call your Representative at 202-224-3121 and demand their support of the state of Arizona or see the door in coming November elections.

ATTN: This peice of news will make most patriotic Americans blood boil. About 3500 acres of southern Arizona along the nation border with Mexico is off limits to US citizens due to increased violence in this region. So, as our government has surrendered and ceded part of Arizona to the smugglers and cartels of Mexico? Are we not still a world power that we cannot send in troops, with weapons and wipe this stain off the map. I say go into this area and clean it up. Wipe out every last one of them. This is–OUR–America, not the morons of legislators. Have the Democratic Liberal Obama administration a soft touch for President Calderon and the corrupt officials that have infiltrated his government? I am fed up with our own pathetic government being dictated to, by the open border coalition. Sen. Reid cut funding to the real two parallel fences, now we have only one and uncompleted. Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-TX, and co-sponsored by Sen. John Cornyn, (R-TX) are utterly disregarded the people’s voice. They are entirely to carry the can for severing funding and killing the second fence. YES! There were supposed to be two fences, under the 2006 Secure Fence Act as drafted by Rep. Duncan Hunter. Democratic majority Reid is the ruthless leader in tabling any law that would protect the American people. We as the majority of Americans must speak up or we will finally be overrun with people who have no allegiance to our country, diluting our national language, desperate criminals who are spilling US citizen-legal resident blood and draining quite successfully our welfare entitlement system.

Posted by Brittanicus | Report as abusive

What a pointless rant. The eight years of President George W. Bush’s administration saw a marked increase in illegal immigration and a drop in immigration enforcement throughout much of his tenure. For example, the number of illegal aliens arrested in workplace cases fell from nearly 3,000 in 1999 to 445 in 2003, with the number of criminal cases against employers during this period falling from 182 to four. Not surprisingly, by 2005, there were an estimated 10-20 million illegal aliens living in the United States. Even at the end of 2007 after the Bush administration’s enforcement crackdown had been underway; only 92 criminal arrests of employers had taken place, in an economy that includes 6 million businesses that employ more than 7 million illegal foreign workers.

As the nation becomes more diverse, Republicans and Tea Partiers become less relevant. The anti immigrant agenda of the Tea Party has turned off generations of Latin American voters. Their openly racist attitude towards President Obama has already cost them the African American vote. Clearly, their anti immigrant agenda is more out of fear that these people will eventually become citizens and vote Democratic than any loyalty to the Constitution they claim to love so much.

Posted by Yellow105 | Report as abusive

This is a matter for Arizona ..not Clinton, not apologists for illegal immigrants and the obvious unlawful nature of it, not wanna-be vote getters who will gut states rights to cop a vote..drop it, Clinton..go on home..

Posted by gramps | Report as abusive

@Yellow105 – LOL…..people like you are going to get this country really far in the future

Posted by Drakiv | Report as abusive

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has a lot of nerve talking anything about Law. Hillary did Not come forward to “Spill the beans” to “We the People” before Obama’s swear-in theatrics.

This current Un-Constitutional challenge by the Federal government to the State of Arizona is further proof that the Federal government must now be cut way down drastically. Remember where the Federal government originally received its powers from and its limits. You people in Washington need to step down off your “high horses.” Better yet, in the best interest of “We the People” can you all just start re-signing? We don’t need you. Most of you are “tainted.”

Yes Hillary, You need to resign also! You are most defiantly “tainted”. Also, I’ve seen your State Department Web-site. The U.S.A. is a Constitutional Republic and not a Democracy. You sure push a lot of Propaganda, most of which is not in the best Interest of “We the People.” Do you really think most of U.S. and the Foreigners believe your lines?

“We the People” will move into the 21st Century with Our God-Given Freedoms and NEVER give up Our National Sovereignty.

“Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations; entangling alliances with none.” –Thomas Jefferson

“Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence, (I conjure you to believe me fellow citizens) the jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake; since history and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of Republican Government.” – George Washington

Obama your last Supreme Court Appointment is Void. Your Socialist Health-Care Bill is void. You, Obama, and your crew have created a Constitutional Crisis. Obama, who can you blame now?

Our Forefathers were brilliant. They wrote Article 2 Section 1 Clause 5 of the Constitution for Obama:

“No Person except a natural born citizen, or a citizen of the united States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President;”

Obama 100% is not a “Natural Born Citizen.” Because of his father’s foreign citizenship. Obama has “dual allegiances” according to the Framers.

Obama can not be President. No how, No way! Enough Is Enough!

The Real Bosses of the U.S.A., “We the People” do not even know 100% if Obama the Traitor is even a U.S. citizen.

Obama is Guilty of Treason, Sedition, Fraud and many other crimes against “We the People”.

Obama’s Administration has now become a “House of Cards.”

“We the People” can no longer Tolerate Obama’s Treasonous Charade as Commander in Chief! Enough Is Enough!

Resign Now! Please leave. You are the Problem Obama. Don’t you have ANY shame? “We the People” will fix all Our problems. We are good people. We will NEVER give up Our God- Given Freedoms and Liberty.

Obama, you can never be the Legal President of the U.S.A. Ever!

Obama’s signature and FALSE Authority is NULL and VOID on ALL Executive Orders, Legislature, Treaties, Laws and Appointments.

“We the People” can NOT just pick and choose the parts of Law – “Our Beloved Constitution” – that we will follow or enforce.

It’s all or Nothing! The whole U.S. Constitution Matters!

Obama, you are an embarrassment! Your Authority is Fake!

Make it Easy Obama for “We the People” and Resign!

http://www.tomdavidd.com/blog/

“I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them but to inform their discretion.” –Thomas Jefferson

“God Bless America, but most importantly, America Must Bless

Posted by thomdd1959 | Report as abusive

“We now must call for the immediate resignation of Barry Soetero (AKA President Barack Hussein Obama) …..based on Incompetence, Deceit, Fraud, Corruption, Dishonesty and Violation of the US Oath of Office and the Constitution.” — Paul E. Vallely

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MqvCg2JAZ F4

http://standupamericaus.com/lincoln-reag an-dinner:33318

Posted by thomdd1959 | Report as abusive

america is an immigrant country.the foundation of america has always been a nation of immigrants.racism has many faces and nationalism is one of them.the nazis were nationalists.and look how good they treated jewish people.illegal immigration at its core is motivated by racism.the original illegal immigrants came over on the mayflower,maybe they should have been sent back where they came from also.america is going to change ethnicly whether u like it or not.and by kicking out the new hard working arrivals america will be basically eating its own young.to thrive and survive we… not just white america will have to work together to understand and accept our cultures and differences.mexicans are alot more then people with good food.mexicans whether born here or not are the backbone of america.the sooner ya’ll realize that the sooner you’ll learn to love your golden brown skined neighbor.adios amigos

Posted by saulchapa | Report as abusive

This is gay pride week.
Celebrate the diversity this country has within it’s borders.
Be out and proud my latino brothers & sisters!

Posted by osito3 | Report as abusive