WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House set a June 28 date for staffers to meet with Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer on her turf and provide more detail on sending National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border.
When Brewer met with Obama at the White House two weeks ago, promises were made for the follow-up meeting. The White House announced Friday it was keeping its promised date. Obama is not planning to attend.
Before their recent meeting, Obama announced he would send 1,200 National Guard troops to the southern border, where drug-related violence in Mexico, the murder of an Arizona rancher and other incidents have put many border residents on edge.
“When he met with her in the Oval Office, President Obama made it clear to Gov. Brewer that he would send White House staff to Arizona this month to discuss the National Guard troops and additional resources he will be sending to complement the already-unprecedented efforts his administration is taking to secure our southwest border,” the White House said in a statement.
Brewer spokesman Paul Senseman confirmed the meeting has been scheduled and said the governor “is still hopeful that the president will consider a personal visit.”
At their meeting June 3, Brewer told Obama most Americans want the border secured and urged completion of a separating fence. Obama underscored his objections that the tough immigration law she signed in April is discriminatory. The law is set to go into effect in little more than a month.
The Justice Department is reviewing the law and may challenge it in court. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in an interview the Justice Department will sue, which has angered Brewer. Administration officials have declined to confirm Clinton’s statement.
The law requires police investigating another incident or crime to check the immigration status of people they reasonbly suspect are in the country illegally.