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January 30th, 2013
04:40 PM ET

Jan Brewer on Obama's immigration reform: "I'm just absolutely thrilled that we've got the president talking about solutions"

Following Tuesday's speech by President Barack Obama – in which the president pledged to support a "comprehensive overhaul of U.S. immigration laws" – last night Piers Morgan welcomed Governor Jan Brewer back to the program, inviting her to share some perspective on an issue that literally lives in her backyard.

"We've seen you on tarmacs jabbing your finger at the president in the past over this very contentious issue," noted the "Piers Morgan Tonight" host. "What is your verdict on what he announced today?"

"I'm just absolutely thrilled that we've got the president talking about solutions and also I'm very grateful that we've got a bipartisan effort in the Senate to try to address the issue that America, the United States has been facing," said the 68-year-old Republican. "Bottom line is I'm very, very encouraged with the ideas, particularly with the Senate proposing that we move forward and that we will get our border. We will, you know, have our border secured."

Despite agreeing with his guests pleasure over progressive conversation within the parties, Morgan still made a point to note that the proverbial glass may actually be half empty:

"The optimist in me is thrilled at this remarkable display of bipartisanship from Washington's politicians, and we should all celebrate this great moment," he began. "The cynic in me says that the reason that so many of the Republicans have softened their position including, dare I say it, your good self, is that you realized after the recent election that the Latino vote was disappearing from the Republicans and may never return."

Responding to the notion that Brewer, and others within the G.O.P., may simply be sacrificing one political agenda for another, the governor defended herself:

"I know that there have been politicians saying that it was all because of the illegal immigration issue. You know, that's your opinion or other people's opinion," she said. "I think that overwhelmingly people understand we have an issue with an insecure border and we want operational control."

Watch the clip, and listen to the interview, then decide for yourself: Are Brewer and other Republicans really in support of Obama's immigration reform? Or, rather, are they simply leveraging the issue for political gain on another issue?
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