Former Arizona Republican Governor Jan Brewer announced Saturday she’s supporting Donald Trump for president.
In a press release from the Trump campaign, Brewer said she was endorsing The Donald due to his strong stance on illegal immigration.
“[T]he politicians in Washington D.C. have continually failed to secure our border. As I’ve always said: A nation without borders is like a house without walls – it collapses,” the former governor stated. (RELATED: Chris Christie Endorses Donald Trump)
Brewer said her time as the governor of Arizona — which she served as from 2009 to 2015 — educated her about the dangers of illegal immigration and how the federal government, in her opinion, does little to stop it. She argues Trump will take the opposite approach.
“For years I pleaded with the federal government to do their job and secure our border. Today, we can elect a President who will do just that – Donald J. Trump. Mr. Trump will secure our borders, defend our workers and protect our sovereignty. Mr. Trump will stand for our law enforcement, our police and our immigration officers. Mr. Trump will actually enforce the rule of law,” Brewer said.
She touted Trump’s status as a “Washington outsider” as a positive trait because it means, “Mr. Trump gets it. He will listen to the people and fight for the citizens of the United States.”
Brewer concluded with a dark warning about what might happen if The Donald doesn’t become America’s next president.
“This may be our last chance to ensure our children grow up in a country with borders, and with a government that protects its own people. This is our chance – Donald Trump is our chance – to save this country and Make America Great Again,” she said.
Trump said he was “honored” to have Brewer’s endorsement, according to the Saturday press statement.
Brewer is most famous for enacting SB 1070, a bill aimed at cracking down on illegal immigration within the state of Arizona. The law caused a national firestorm over accusations it encouraged racial profiling and was unconstitutional. However, polls showed that a large majority of Americans — both nationally and in Arizona itself — supported the measure.
SB 1070 solidified Brewer as a major figure in the fight over illegal immigration and as a strong opponent of Barack Obama’s policies. She was later famously photographed pointing her finger at the president during a heated exchange between the two politicians.
Earlier in February, The New York Times dubbed Brewer a precursor to Trump’s brand of politics due to her actions against illegal immigration and battles with the Obama administration.
The former governor’s endorsement comes one day after two sitting Republican governors — Chris Christie of New Jersey and Paul LePage of Maine — publicly backed The Donald’s bid for the White House. (RELATED: Maine Gov Endorses Trump: ‘He Could Be One Of The Greatest Presidents’)