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Brewer pledges border assistance, demands federal help

Law enforcement agencies on the Mexican border will get $10 million in grants, assistance from DPS and increased aerial surveillance under a plan unveiled by Gov. Jan Brewer.

Brewer also pledged to continue pressing the federal government for increased funding for the Arizona National Guard, which will conduct training missions along the border with local law enforcement agencies. Brewer said she wants the federal government to provide funding for 250 additional National Guard troops who could provide support for law enforcement agencies through an anti-drug trafficking task force.

Parts of Brewer’s plan, which she unveiled April 22 at the Arizona National Guard’s Papago Park Military Reservation, are contingent on federal willingness to provide additional National Guard troops and additional funding to the state. Brewer said Arizona cannot afford to send troops to the border, as New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson recently did, without federal assistance because of its woeful fiscal state. A year-long deployment would cost the state $28-30 million, Brewer said.

“More needs to be done, and I am doing it with every means at my disposal,” Brewer said.

But Brewer said there are things Arizona can do on its own. She said she will provide $10 million of her discretionary stimulus money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to border-area law enforcement. Brewer said she will meet next week with law enforcement agencies to discuss the Border Security Enhancement Program, as the grant program is called.

Brewer said she is also directing Adjutant Gen. Hugo Salazar, commander of the Arizona National Guard, to redirect some of his resources toward the border, including increased helicopter surveillance missions and additional ground surveillance through the Joint Counter Narco-Terrorism Task Force. She offered to deploy Department of Public Safety personnel to any border law enforcement agency that requests state assistance.

“Arizona has been patient. We have been more than understanding. We have waited for those who are 3,000 miles away to hear us and to help us. We can’t afford to wait any longer,” Brewer said.

Brewer said she is “generally supportive” of a 10-point border security plan released by U.S. Sens. John McCain and Jon Kyl. That plan calls for 3,000 additional National Guard troops along the border, 700 miles of fencing and increased federal grants to local law enforcement agencies under a federal program called Operation Stonegarden.

The governor’s plan comes amid furor over a bill passed by the Legislature that would enact strict new state laws against illegal immigration, and increased cries for additional border security following the murder of Cochise County rancher Rob Krentz. Brewer would not say whether she will sign S1070.

Brewer’s plan also calls for annual National Guard training missions in Southern Arizona, as well as joint training exercises with local law enforcement agencies on border security matters.


    Arizona Govern Jan Brewer has more–SPINE–than the majority of our politicians, to fight the overpowering onslaught of illegal immigration. She signed the 1070 immigration bill. Its ignorance and indifference of Washington to enforce our immigration laws. In fact they have purposely under funded them. San. Harry Reid (D-NV) is not being outed just for health care reform, but being a puppet of open border-special interests groups? LETS MAKE THAT CLEAR.One thing for absolutely sure, desperate illegal alien families will be fleeing Arizona, for more greener pastures such as California. Seeing California is a Refuge state for illegal foreigners and already has the largest illegal population in Unites States other than New York. Now starving for billions of dollars, California will have to amend there own enforcement laws to stop the massive migration or pay a heavy price in extorting more money from taxpayers. Then there is always Utah, Texas, New Mexico or even farther states such as Washington. ONE THINGS FOR SURE, THAT THEY MAY PASS SOME FORMULATION OF IMMIGRATION REFORM. BUT AMERICA WILL FIGHT TOOTH AND NAIL THAT NO “PATH–TO–CITIZENSHIP” FOR THOSE WHO CAME HERE ILLEGALLY. I am personally a tea partier a moderate Conservative and definitely not a Democrat and Republicans.-and illegal immigration is the no.1 priority to me, and must be stopped for good.

    Californian’s are under financial hardship owing to the welfare programs that caters to illegal alien families, and with an outpouring of Arizona’s illegals the Sacramento budget will triple in handouts. Californian’s, specifically Angeleno’s and San Francisco There should be no excuse why FEDERAL SOLDIERS SHOULD BE NOT DEPLOYED TO THE 2000 MILE BORDER. They need to police the border, with the under-manned border patrol and even a poorly funded law enforcement agencies. Sheriffs and deputies that are in a very dangerous area are rudimentary armed, against heinous felons, drug cartels, skin traffickers, smugglers and the flow of unceasing indigent illegal immigrants. LET ME REITERATE, THAT IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT IS ONLY SEEN TO WORK. BUT THE TRUTH IS ITS NOT ENFORCED–THAT RIGHT NOW HOMELAND SECURITY HAS CUT BUDGETS FOR IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT. If you are–NOT–an open border extremist, join the organization that is fighting for our rights, your language, freedoms and liberty at NumbersUSA.

  2. Attn: Governor Jan Brewer
    I and the majority of Arizonians are so proud of you for signing SB1070.
    This should have been done several years ago. If you had not done this, Arizona would end up in deeper debt from all of the entitlements the illegals require for their large families.

    We love our country and especially the great State of Arizona where we live.
    To allow millions of foreigners to enter the USA which has caused thousands of our citizens to be unemployed and lose their homes and depend on State Assistance is very unwise. Compare this to a family having twenty or more children in their home. They become overcrowded and the whole family suffers from proper care and necessary amenities.
    A grateful Arizona citizen,
    Jeane Jaime

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