Az. Gov. Brewer Cancels Conference With Brown Mexican Governors

July 7, 2010

(ChattahBox)—-Nativist Republican Gov. of Arizona Jan Brewer, continues to make all the wrong moves for her state, that has now suffered economically from boycotts and holds a reputation as an unwelcoming destination for Latinos. After she signed the “show me your papers” anti-immigration bill into law, six Mexican border governors advised Brewer they would not attend a September governors conference planned for Phoenix, because of concerns SB 1070 promoted racial profiling. Brewer’s response? She unilaterally canceled the annual conference, declaring that the harsh anti-immigration law has been “misunderstood and misinterpreted.”

The Border Governors Conference has been a regular annual event, held in various host cities, since 1989, except for one sparsely attended event, according to the website:

“Since 1989, the Conference successfully maintained an annual agenda until XIII when only one U.S. governor confirmed his attendance, leaving Mexican states to hold their own conference in Creel, Chihuahua.”

It’s unheard of for a U.S. hosting governor to unilaterally cancel the annual border conference.

Brewer posted her letter written to the six Mexican border governors canceling the conference on the 2010 Border Governors website, recommitting her defense of SB 1070, which makes it a crime to be in the state without residency papers. And requires police to question people detained or stopped, about their immigration status based on reasonable suspicion:

“Acting in my capacity as Chair of the XXVIII Border Governors Conference, I am writing you to let you know that your recent confirmation regarding non-attendance at the upcoming conference has led to my decision to cancel the Conference, wrote Brewer. […]

“I remain unwavering in my belief that signing Senate Bill 1070 and House Bill 2162 was the right thing to do for the State of Arizona.” […]

“Notwithstanding these legislative matters, which have been misunderstood and misinterpreted by a number of people, I want to assure you of my belief regarding the importance of Arizona’s relationship with Mexico.”

On Tuesday, the U.S. Justice Department sued the state of Arizona, alleging SB 1070 was unconstitutional and raised civil rights concerns.

The six Mexican governors earlier advised Brewer that they could not attend a conference in Arizona “based on ethnic and cultural prejudice contrary to fundamental rights.”

Juan Tintos, coordinator of public relations for the state of Baja California, said in May while on a trade visit to California, “We are not going where we are not welcome.”

And indeed, the harsh anti-immigration law has promoted an environment of bigotry and xenophobia in Arizona.

Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico is now actively pursuing another host city for the conference, declaring Brewer doesn’t have the authority to cancel the entire summit:

“Governor Brewer doesn’t have the authority to cancel the Border Governors Conference,” Gilbert Gallegos, a spokesman for Mr. Richardson said. “She may not want to host it for political reasons, but that’s not a reason to sidestep the tough issues that border governors must address, including migration and border violence. Governor Richardson will look for alternative sites to host the conference, with or without Arizona’s participation.”

Brewer’s office was unable to confirm if she would be part of the conference held in a different state.


12 Responses to “Az. Gov. Brewer Cancels Conference With Brown Mexican Governors”

  1. JD on July 7th, 2010 4:10 pm

    Who wrote this piece of tripe? Sue? Sue who?…..OMG…this is just more irresponsible, ignorant reporting. There is no xenophobia in Arizona………SB 1070 mirrors Federal Law……..that is a true fact……..And people like Sue really are completely in the dark when it comes to the real issues that forced Arizona to pass this bill. She does not understand that the majority of people approve this legislation and does not care about true facts…….just wants to muddy the waters.
    Sue…….your really are an idiot and a coward……..typical of left wing liberal media.

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  3. Old Man Dotes on July 7th, 2010 4:29 pm

    “Brewer’s office was unable to confirm if she would be part of the conference held in a different state.”

    One is moved to ask if she can prove residency in the event she is stopped in, say, New Mexico, California, Utah, or Nevada.

  4. Abused Citizen on July 7th, 2010 4:40 pm

    The author and the Mexican governors are all exhibiting the tactic of “premeditated ignorance” for the purpose of political posturing. It is a known fact that this law does not target law abiding citizens or visitors. It is a known fact that racial profiling is prohibited. It is a known fact that those who are affected are illegal aliens who also violate some additional law. I suspect that the Mexican governors are mostly upset that, if they cannot dump their excess population on the United States, they may have to effectively govern or face being voted out of office by their citizens who are actually at home.

  5. L. on July 7th, 2010 7:57 pm

    what goes around someday comes back around, but the shoe is on the other foot.

    let these fools have their way for now, because the future belongs to us……

    not them.

    we will not forget what they did to us, but they will forget and it will be a lil too late for apologies.

    enjoy arizona you retirees, your books last pages are being written and the memories will turn into dust and my heritage rises like the phoenix it is.

    ignore these fools they see no future in themselves it is why they are and what they are. old and tired fools.

  6. Greg on July 7th, 2010 8:04 pm

    Old Man Dotes you are the only one dumb enough to be “moved to ask”.

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  11. From Arizona on July 10th, 2010 6:13 pm

    So, they don’t ask for papers anywhere else in the US? I know they ask in TN, CA, NV ,TX and all the other twenty states I have been in, so what is so different in AZ?
    BTW, they also ask for papers in Mexico!

  12. Felix Herrera on July 17th, 2010 9:06 pm

    Howdy! Just visited a week in Phoenix and I saw what the state is going through. The lower 1/3 of the state is suffering from the illegals taking over making it a “Little Mexico”. And we know what’s happening in Mexico. Well, same thing. The ranchers, farmers, outdoor enthusiasts and tourists are getting shot at. Officers of the law are getting killed in the line of duty. We CANNOT have this. We need military mite to intervene. Racial Profiling is not the issue. If you break any law you will be stopped and if you can not produce any kind of valid identification then obviously you’re an illegal immigrant or incompetent. Please take your time and read what it’s all about. Support governor Jan Brewer in the SB1070 bill.

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