Obama, Arizona Gov. Brewer face off over illegal immigration
At a White House meeting Thursday, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer plans to urge Obama to boost the federal role in attacking illegal immigration. The president has already made clear his objection to her state's tough new law to root out illegal immigrants.
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The Arizona governor described what she called an intolerable situation in her state. “We're tired of this illegal trespassing into the state of Arizona and moving through the rest of the United States,” she said, adding that the costs associated with illegal immigration are unaffordable.Skip to next paragraph
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“You know, when you think about it, incarceration, when you think of education, when you think of health, you know, it's awful,” she said. “The kidnap capital of the world is Phoenix because of the drop-houses, the drug cartels. ... We can't tolerate it.”
Obama has indicated that he will send 1,200 National Guard troops to the region, but Brewer says she has not received details from the White House as to where they will be deployed. Obama has also asked Congress for an additional $500-plus million for border security.
In a small way, Obama has no one to blame but himself for this flareup over immigration, one of the toughest public policy issues of our time. When he took office and nominated then-Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano (D) to the post of Homeland Security secretary, that put then-Arizona Secretary of State Brewer in line to become the next governor. Ms. Napolitano had vetoed similar anti-illegal immigration legislation repeatedly as governor, and it came as no surprise that the legislature would tee up the same sort of bill for the new conservative Republican governor, who would be more inclined to sign it than was her predecessor.
In her Fox interview, Brewer said she’s had only one conversation with Napolitano since taking office – and that was more than a year ago.
“She called us and indicated a little bit about what her intentions were as far as homeland security,” Brewer said.
Brewer's understanding is that Napolitano will not be at Thursday’s meeting, which begins at 1:30 p.m.
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