Ariz. Governor, Obama to Co-Work on Securing Border

More efforts will be made to secure the border between Arizona and Mexico was the message President Barack Obama gave to Arizona Governor Jan Brewer on Thursday.

According to Brewer, the two had a "cordial" discussion on how to implement the president's plan to send 1,200 National Guard troops to secure the border and to increase the federal border budget by $500 million.

"We know we're not going to agree on certain issues until other issues are worked out," Brewer told reporters after her meeting.

Brewer said that the president didn't comment on whether his administration would sue the state over its controversial immigration law, but would leave that decision to the Justice Department.

The Arizona governor and the president have been at odds since April, when the Brewer signed into law the strictest immigration measure in the nation.

The law, which will take effect in late July if not stopped by a court ruling, gives police officers greater power to investigate people they suspect are in the country illegally.

President Obama has referred to the law as "misguided" and chided Arizona for taking the wrong approach to immigration reform.

Brewer has responded by saying that 1,000 Mexicans enter Arizona illegally each day, and that the state is "paying the price for the illegal activity; we're paying the price for the incarceration; we're paying the price for the education; we're paying the price for the health care," according to the Arizona Daily Star.

Meanwhile, a Gallup Poll last month revealed that a strong majority of Americans were in support of the Arizona law, while other polls revealed that a similar majority were also in favor of providing illegals with an earned path to citizenship.

A poll in late May from CNN/Opinion Research found that 80 percent of respondents supported a proposal "[c]reating a program that would allow illegal immigrants already living in the United States for a number of years to stay here and apply to legally remain in this country permanently if they had a job and paid back taxes."

A similar poll from NBC showed that 65 percent of people support "[a]llowing undocumented immigrants who are already in the country to pay a fine, learn English, and go to the back of the line for the opportunity to become American citizens."

For other Americans, however, the Arizona law has merited a more drastic approach.
Yesterday, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors passed a motion to economically boycott the state of Arizona, which includes suspensions of county-funded travel and divestment of bonds.

"This law simply goes too far," Supervisor Gloria Molina told the Los Angeles Times. "A lot of people have pointed out that I am sworn as an L.A. County supervisor to uphold the Constitution. All I can say is that I believe that Arizona's law is unconstitutional."

"It's very important for us to take a position of outrage," said L.A. Unified school board member Yolie Flores. "Because of the color of your skin and the accent you speak with, you will be targeted. You will be asked if you belong here … Taking a position against that kind of racism is appropriate."

The Los Angeles vote came just days after some 20,000 people descended on Arizona's capital of Phoenix to voice their opposition to the law.

The protestors, which included delegations from non-profit, labor, and faith groups, braved 94 degree weather as they marched to repeal what they see as a law that will lead to racial profiling.

"I'm here today in Phoenix to march not only in solidarity with our brother and sister immigrants ... [but also] with the members of our churches in the Southwest Conference who have stood against this racist and unjust law," said the Rev. John Dorhauer, conference minister for the United Church of Christ's (UCC) Southwest Conference.

UCC official the Rev. Felix Carrion noted, that "[t]he gospel of Jesus Christ is about welcome and the United Church of Christ is about that welcome. We are here in opposition to 1070 because we find that 1070 is in opposition to the gospel."

"We want to send the word out to those communities that will suffer from this hurtful legislation that we stand with you we will struggle with you, we will fight with you until this law is repealed," he added.

Meanwhile, protestors are planning another demonstration next Monday in Kalamazoo, Mich. Where President Obama is scheduled to speak at a high school commencement.

According to organizers, the rally is designed to "welcome the president and call upon him to fulfill his promise to the immigrant community."

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