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Facebook says removal of Brewer post was mistake

Published: Aug. 19, 2011 at 6:51 PM MST|Updated: Aug. 30, 2011 at 8:33 PM MST
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PHOENIX, AZ (KOLD/AP) - Facebook says it mistakenly removed a post in which Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer criticized a controversial policy decision by President Obama's administration to limit deportations of illegal immigrants.

Brewer said that Facebook "censored" a Thursday post about deporting illegal immigrants from her page because it apparently violated Facebook's community standards.

Brewer didn't elaborate and her office's spokesman declined comment.

However, Facebook spokesman Andrew Noyes responded to a query by The Associated Press by saying Brewer's post was removed in error and that Facebook is sorry.

Brewer reposted the item in question on Friday. It included a statement criticizing the Obama policy decision and a color drawing of Brewer in a Rosie the Riveter pose. She called the move a "backdoor amnesty plan."

Brewer's page says more than 465,000 people "like" her page. She added that the original post received over 10,000 likes and comments.

Here's a look at the what Brewer had to say on the Department of Homeland Security's new policy of not deporting immigrants who don't have a criminal record:

The Obama administration cannot get its amnesty schemes through Congress, so now it has resorted to implementing its plans via executive fiat. There's simply no other description for today's announcement that the federal government will not pursue the deportation of individuals who are in the country illegally but meet certain criteria.

This plan amounts to backdoor amnesty for hundreds of thousands – if not millions – of illegal aliens. Especially disturbing is that it comes in the wake of the Obama administration sanctioning the sale of weapons to Mexican drug cartels – even as border states such as Arizona come under threat from those same illicit organizations.

With this announcement, the President is encouraging more illegal immigration at the exact moment we need federal focus on border security. Just last month in speaking to the National Council of La Raza, President Obama rejected the idea of bypassing Congress and imposing immigration reform. He said, "Now, I know some people want me to bypass Congress and change the laws on my own.

And believe me, right now dealing with Congress, the idea of doing things on my own is very tempting … But that's not how our system works. That's not how our democracy functions.

That's not how our Constitution is written." President Obama got it right last month and got it really wrong today. Over the next 15 months, I'm certain we'll hear a lot of talk from the Obama administration about its concern for border security.

Those of us who truly care about the rule of law will remember the President's actions of today. We need to remind President Obama that we elected a president that serves beneath the law and did not anoint a king that is above the law.

Credit for the original story goes to Nick Martin, a journalist based out of Phoenix. He writes for an independent blog called Heat City.

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