How do you feel about the new anti-illegal-immigration flag that Arizona has placed up?
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer said on Tuesday that she intends to press the issue of border security in a meeting this week with President Barack Obama at the White House. Brewer recently signed a controversial bill cracking down on illegal immigrants. The measure that goes into effect at the end of July has drawn criticism and prompted boycotts of the state.
Arizona’s new law has pushed the immigration debate into the political foreground and rebooted a drive by Obama and Senate Democrats to overhaul federal immigration laws. Brewer told CNN that it was important to sit down with the president and discuss why the Arizona immigration law is needed.
An administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed that Brewer will meet Obama today at the White House. The law Brewer signed in April calls for state and local police to check the immigration status of anyone they suspect is in the United States illegally. It has outraged Latinos, civil rights activists and organized labor. Brewer said on CNN she wanted to explain to Obama the impact that illegal immigration is having on Arizona and other states as well.
Republican backers say the law is needed to curb crime in the desert state, which is home to some 460,000 illegal immigrants and is a furiously trafficked corridor for drug and migrant smugglers from Mexico. Asked what she might ask of the president when they meet, Brewer said she would tell Obama that Arizona needs its border secured. “We need your help, we’ve been putting up with this for eight, 10 years, we need it now… We can’t tolerate it any longer, America can’t tolerate it any longer,” Brewer said.