Arizona governor fires back at Obama over immigration law

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) shot back this weekend at President Barack Obama with an ad defending the state's tough, new immigration law .

Brewer's campaign released a video in response to a joke Obama made about the new law, which compels law enforcement officials to confront individuals they suspect of being illegal immigrants, at last Saturday's White House Correspondents' Association dinner.

The ad outlines a variety of crimes plaguing Arizona in the past year, asserting that many of the kidnapping and narcotics-related crimes were committed by illegal immigrants from Mexico.

"The drug trafficking and border violence is out of control in Arizona and demands serious attention. President Obama and Congress ignored several requests from Governor Brewer for help in securing the border," Brewer spokesman Doug Cole said in a statement. "Instead of helping, President Obama chooses to crack jokes to an adoring crowd. Mr. President, this is not a laughing matter."

Brewer has waged a public defense of her decision to sign the controversial measure into law, an issue on which she deliberated for some time.

Part of that defense, in addition to this ad, included an op-ed on ESPN.com this week to respond to the Phoenix Suns' decision to wear "Los Suns" jerseys at one of their playoff games in response to the law.

See the new ad below: