For anyone holding their breath that five members of Team Obama would actually propose something for lasting Arizona border order when they met with Governor Jan Brewer in Phoenix yesterday, you may exhale now.
Governor Brewer’s word for the sound escaping one’s lips would be ‘disappointment’. Mine feels more like disgust.
After an hour and a half of sitting through White House Security Adviser John Brennan’s power point presentation – with no hard copies to follow or keep for reference, Governor Brewer was clearly frustrated with Obama’s underwhelming response to secure Arizona’s border:
Regarding the impending Obama Administration lawsuit…
“Well, you know I’m very disappointed. I think it’s wrong, but we will meet with them and we will push back. And, we will fight as hard as we can and I believe Arizona will win the lawsuit.”
Here’s how Obama and Napolitano are ‘bringing the hammer down’ on illegal immigration:
► Up to 524 National Guard personnel will be sent to AZ (not the promised 1200).
► National Guard personnel will be implemented in small numbers and fluctuate incrementally.
► National Guard personnel will conduct surveillance and support – not ‘boots on the ground’ apprehension duty.
► National Guard personnel at the peak number of 524 will be available for a limited time.
► 22 miles of existing border fence will be repaired.
► The $500 million originally pledged to Gov Brewer has been changed to $445 million. $310 million will be given to Mexico. Arizona will receive a whopping $135 million.
“No really substantial information was provided that would make us happy or pleased with the discussions today.” -Gov Brewer
In case you missed it, the White House has appointed another Czar:
White House Picks Critic of Local Immigration Enforcement for Key Role at ICE
Harold Hurtt, a former police chief in Houston and Phoenix, has been hired as the Director for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Office of State and Local Coordination.
The Obama administration has tapped an outspoken critic of immigration enforcement on the local level to oversee and promote partnerships between federal and local officials on the issue.
Harold Hurtt, a former police chief in Houston and Phoenix, has been hired as the director for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Office of State and Local Coordination. Starting July 6, Hurtt will supervise outreach and communication between ICE, local law enforcement agencies, tribal leaders and representatives from non-governmental organizations.
… as a police chief, Hurtt was a supporter of “sanctuary city” policies, by which illegal immigrants who don’t commit crimes can live without fear of exposure or detainment because police don’t check for immigration papers.
He also, during his tenure as Houston police chief, criticized ICE’s key program that draws on local law enforcement’s support.
UPDATE: Obama will speak Thursday (7/1/10) on ‘immigration reform’ (code for amnesty):
President Barack Obama will deliver an address on comprehensive immigration reform on Thursday in Washington.
Obama will speak at American University in northwest Washington following a week in which he’s met with key constituencies in the immigration debate.
Obama will speak at noon on Thursday “on the need to fix our broken immigration system through comprehensive immigration reform,” according to a White House announcement.
The president met this week with immigration activists and members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to discuss the prospects for reform this year, too.