Another Open Letter To President Obama

This one is from Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, who is constantly being lied to & gaffed off by our Chief Executive, whose responsibility it is to secure the pourous southern border that has placed her constituents in such peril.

Our federal Government & the country of Mexico are joining forces in suing the State of Arizona, simply becasue they choose to enforce federal immigration laws that our national government simply refuses to.

An impatient Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer leans on Obama again over illegal immigrants

Arizona Republican Governor Jan Brewer meets with Democrat president Barack Obama in the Oval Office 6-3-10

 

President Obama was busy Thursday entertaining Russian President Dmitry Medvedev with local cheeseburgers. Obama paid the bill.

Russian president Dmitry Medvedev lunches on cheeseburgers with Democrat US president Bareack Obama 6-24-10

But in his White House mailbox the American chief executive should find a new letter from an impatient Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer about the illegal immigrant and unsecured federal border issues — and laced with a little salsa.

The Republican governor is reminding the Democrat president that three weeks ago during their overdue Oval Office meeting he promised to send her more material within two weeks, especially regarding deployment of National Guard troops to fulfill the federal government’s role of securing  the nation’s international borders.Arizona and Obama officials now have a June 28 meeting set.

Her letter comes the week before Obama’s Justice Department is expected to sue Arizona over its tough new illegal immigrant law that seeks to enforce U.S. laws against illegal immigrants that the U.S. is not enforcing.

Citing recent reports of federal lands within Arizona being closed to Americans because they are infested with criminals and….…potentially dangerous illegal immigrants, Brewer says: “This is unacceptable.”

“Instead of warning Americans to stay out of parts of our own country,” she adds, “we ought to be warning international lawbreakers that they will be detained and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.” (As usual, the full text of her letter is below.)

The governor takes the opportunity to reiterate her own four-point border security surge strategy and to request overdue federal reimbursements of hundreds of millions of dollars ion state expenses for illegal immigrant costs.

Obama has maintained that securing the border with Mexico can only happen as part of a broader immigration reform package that he doesn’t see happening for some time. Polls have shown, however, that about two-thirds of Americans agree with Arizona’s stance on tightening immigrant law enforcement now.

And within Arizona the dispute has within only three months vaulted Brewer from a  three-way tie to far ahead of Republican challengers in the state’s August gubernatorial primary. Her likely opponent is Democrat Attorney General Terry Goddard, who after meeting with Obama’s attorney general, Eric Holder, has refused to defend the state law.

Louisiana’s Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal has also surged in local support for his work on the oil spill disaster, while Louisianans disapprove of Obama’s crisis contributions by about 60%.

Although Brewer’s letter is dated Wednesday, it almost seems to note Obama’s Thursday lunch with the Russian. She invites the president to tour Arizona’s troubled border areas with her, as New Mexico’s next door Democrat Gov. Bill Richardson did.

“And when you do come,” Gov. Brewer closes, “lunch is on me!”

Text of Letter from Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer to President Obama, as provided by her office

June 23, 2010

Dear Mr. President:

Thank you for the opportunity to visit with you in person during my recent trip to Washington, D.C. As you know, the issue of border security is foremost in the thoughts of many Arizonans and Americans alike, and I appreciated the chance to personally relate to you my concerns and outline my proposed solutions.

Mr. President, the need for action to secure Arizona’s border could not be clearer. Recently, my office received a number of calls from constituents concerned at reports of new sign postings in interior counties of Arizona warning residents not to access federal lands due to criminal activity associated with the border.  These warnings signal to some that we have handed over portions of our border areas to illegal immigrants and drug traffickers. This is unacceptable. 

Instead of warning Americans to stay out of parts of our own country, we ought to be warning international lawbreakers that they will be detained and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. We ought to be establishing measures to ensure that illegal traffic of any sort is kept to an absolute minimum, and that Americans are safe and secure within our own borders.

When we visited, you committed to present details, within two weeks of our meeting, regarding your plans to commit National Guard troops to the Arizona border and expend $500 million in additional funds on border security matters. You also discussed sending members of your senior staff to Arizona to discuss your plans.  While I am pleased the 28th has been set for a meeting time and we have reviewed a copy of the Department of Homeland Security’s “Southwest Border Next Steps” Press Release, I am still awaiting details on National Guard deployments and how the proposed additional border security funding will specifically affect Arizona (and the other Border States). 

As I mentioned to you on June 3rd, it is very difficult to have much of a dialogue without specific details regarding your proposals. I strongly urge you to request your staff provide us with missing details of your proposals prior to the meeting on the 28th.

While we await the specific details of your border security plans, I wanted to take the time to reemphasize some of what I shared with you and respond further to some of what we discussed. In essence, I have proposed a four-point Border Surge strategy, as outlined in my recent letter to Senator Charles Schumer, summarized as follows:

1.  National Guard Personnel and Aviation

I believe a significant number of troops operating with a legitimate mission set is an essential part of any strategy to secure the border. I appreciate your commitment of 1,200 troops and the promise that Arizona would receive the largest contingent. I am concerned, however, that more is required, such as the deployment of 6,000 personnel proposed by Senators Jon Kyl and John McCain for the entire southwestern border.

In addition, I want to make sure that these troops have legitimate missions that:
•       Support federal, state and local law enforcement—all three!
•       Serve as a blocking force to stop illegal crossing activities.

•       Employ the troops in a way that speaks loudly to all—both north and south of the border—that the U.S. is serious about this matter.

As part of your commitment, I also hope that you order a significant increase in aviation resources supporting border security operations on the ground.  After meeting and talking to various experts, I am persuaded that aviation support is critical to the effort on the ground. Any effort will fail absent the ability to coordinate ground assets from the air, particularly given the nature of much of Arizona’s border region terrain. 

I respectfully ask that you give serious consideration to my May 20, 2010 correspondence, which makes a very reasonable request for a reallocation of National Guard OH-58 helicopter assets in order to make a Border Surge effective.  Your support of this request can make a significant difference between a winning effort versus a losing effort.

2.  Border Fence

In short Mr. President, we need to complete, reinforce and then maintain the border fence.  In my April 6, 2010 letter to you I proposed inmate labor and other methods (i.e., purchasing instead of leasing equipment) as a means to bring down construction/maintenance costs. 

I certainly support efficient and effective Ports of Entry where both American and Mexican border officials can allow legal traffic and crossings.  Everywhere else along the border, though, I strongly believe we must have fencing and barriers that are both substantial and monitored if the illegal crossings are to be minimized.

3.  Enforce Federal Law and Appropriately Fund the Effort

The United States must be prepared to detain, prosecute and then incarcerate convicted violators of United States laws.  The current “no consequences policy” has resulted in a border security failure.  I appreciate your general proposal to commit additional resources, but it is very difficult for me to comment without any details. 

It is without doubt, though, that the current border policy will continue to fail the State of Arizona without additional resources committed to the Border Patrol, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) personnel and detention facilities; prosecution; public defense; and federal prisons.

4.  Reimburse States for the Additional Burden of Illegal Immigration

As I mentioned the very first time we met last year, I must continue the calls for Arizona to be reimbursed for expenses we are forced to carry because of our porous southern border. Arizona and a few other states are at a terrible disadvantage in good times, and an even worse position during bad times, because of the additional costs of illegal immigration. 

Just in terms of state prison costs, we estimate ongoing expenses at approximately $150 million to incarcerate criminal aliens. While substantial on its own, this figure does not include law enforcement, prosecution and defense costs, or the enormous societal costs of the criminal behavior of those who are not even legally entitled to be here.

We are hundreds of millions of dollars short of what we should receive to relieve the disproportionate law enforcement/jail/prison, health care and education burdens we face due to our porous southern border and rampant illegal immigration. It is simply unfair for the federal government to force Border State taxpayers to carry these burdens.

Immigration Reform

You shared with me your thoughts about the matter of immigration reform and I am grateful you listened to mine.  As I mentioned in our meeting, the phrase “comprehensive immigration reform” is code for “amnesty” to many in Arizona and elsewhere in our Nation. 

Many Americans are still waiting for the reforms that were promised by the federal government in the 1980s when amnesty was granted to thousands of illegal immigrants.  Until we establish a secure border, and reestablish trust with the public that our international borders are meaningful and important, and enforcement of federal immigration law is not an idle threat, any discussion of “comprehensive reform” is premature.

Mexico border Fence

Let’s first block illegal entry into the United States and enforce current law, and then other discussions, including immigration reform, might then, and only then, make sense to the public.  I am committed to a serious discussion of legitimate reform—but not any false front for amnesty—when the federal government halts the free flow of illegal immigrants and illegal drugs across the southwestern border.

Arizona’s Law

You also shared some concerns about a “patchwork” approach to policy.  This makes sense to me, but the failure of the federal government has driven frustration levels to the point that tolerating the status quo is no longer acceptable for Arizona.  From my perspective, the single most significant factor behind the passage this year of SB 1070 and HB 2162 (the follow-up bill with amendments to SB 1070) was the frustration of Arizona elected officials, and the public we serve, regarding the failure of the federal government over the years to effectively address the problem of illegal immigration.

The growing concerns over spillover violence, the increased awareness of kidnappings, the spread of drop houses in neighborhoods throughout metropolitan areas, the scourge of the drug trade and the oppressive financial burdens posed by illegal immigration—burdens even more difficult to shoulder in this economic downturn—all contributed to accelerating the public’s frustration.

I am 100% committed to fair and just enforcement of the new Arizona law. I have made it clear that civil rights will not be compromised. The first step has been educating and training law enforcement, as well as the public, on the details of the law—a step I have already ordered in Arizona.

Instead of any discussion about suing Arizona and not cooperating with the efforts of local Arizona law enforcement to address illegal immigration, the federal government should reassure Arizona (and other states) that securing the border and enforcing federal immigration laws are duties to which the federal government will make a renewed and sincere commitment.

When the public sees consistent evidence of federal commitment, I am convinced the demand for state actions will wane. State and local governments have plenty to do and will be happy to stay out of border security and immigration law enforcement—along with the expenses of such work—if the federal government takes a firm and effective grip on the problem.

Conclusion

In closing, I want to assure you that I am looking to develop a solution, not have a standoff, with you and the federal government.  Illegal immigration is a serious problem and I am sincerely committed to seeing something done to curb it. 

The real challenges at hand are about violent crime, huge taxpayer burdens, the rule of law and ensuring that our southern border does not become an open door for radical terrorists. Commerce with other countries is important to me and Arizonans—I truly want a vibrant and positive relationship with Sonora, other Mexican States and the rest of the world.  Federal immigration law, however, must be honored and enforced, and our border must represent an effective means to help ensure our sovereignty and security. 

I remain eager to receive the specific details of your proposals and to have the follow-up meeting with your senior staff.  It is disappointing that we are such a short time away from the meeting and Arizona and the other Border States still are awaiting the specific details of what you are proposing.  There is still time, however, to ensure the meeting next week is productive. 

Finally, I want to re-extend the invitation I made to you to come to Arizona yourself, visit with families living along the southwestern border and see the situation firsthand.  My prior visits to the border and the air survey of the Cochise County region have been very important to shaping my perspectives and thinking.  Governor Richardson joined me for one trip and I believe you would also benefit from such an experience. 

And when you do come, lunch is on me!

Yours in service to the great state of Arizona,
                                        Janice K. Brewer
                                        Governor 

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11 Responses to Another Open Letter To President Obama

  1. therealgirlscout says:

    I don’t have a comment. Because I didn’t read it. Because if I did, by the time I got to the end, Summer would be over.

  2. Princess says:

    i DID read it girly…………and it makes PERFECT sense.
    but, god forbid tell that MORON in the oval office how to do his job! LMAO

    he’s just like the rest of them……………looking for a way to “create” 20 million NEW liberal democrat voters so the “one” can stay in “power”. ugh!

    can’t wait for november, when the “messiah” will become impotent & irrelevant!

  3. therealgirlscout says:

    He is not a moron, nor is he a messiah. That is only your opinion. Opinions are like assholes. Everybody has one.

  4. therealgirlscout says:

    Pfft! :p

  5. Princess says:

    very funny there girly………..but he IS a moron & a narcissitic IDIOT with a “messiah” complex. LMAO

    • polarbear20 says:

      haha, and George “I’m the Decider” Bush didn’t have a narcissistic messiah complex?

      • Hacksaw says:

        He didn’t, but the true job of a U.S. President is to be “the decider”. It’s not to provide everyone with health care or to take over every industry in this country, it is to make those heart stopping, billion dollar life or death decisions that affect tens of millions of people around the globe. The President selects & appoints a Cabinet of advisors and has at their disposal many subject matter experts that they can call upon at any time, but in the end the President has the final word on most decisions, and their opinion trumps that of all of their advisors, and Cabinet members.

        George W. Bush really showed us what “Presidential timber” looked like, and acted. After governing in Texas for 2 terms, he ran for President and got elected, he made the crucial decision that were his to make, he did not engage in partisan bickering no matter how nasty the personal attacks launched against him got, and now he is silently letting history judge him & his accomplishments despite the fact that his successor got elected simply by being Black and running against him and not the GOP nominee, and that to this day Obama & his supporters continue to blame GWB for every difficulty involved with the Presidency, despite the fact that Obama asked for and spent millions of dollars pursuing this job, but now chooses to whine about everything and consistently pass the buck & assign blame for everything.

  6. polarbear20 says:

    EEK!! Jan Brewer sure is a boner killer.

    I might have to download her picture to my phone, just in case I have one of those “embarrassing” moments with spontaneous wood. I’m sure you old folks remember that from back in the day!! LOL

  7. polarbear20 says:

    He didn’t, but the true job of a U.S. President is to be “the decider”. It’s not to provide everyone with health care

    Well, if the president “DECIDES” that everyone needs health care, then who are you to get in the Decider’s way? I mean when I opposed Bush’s wars the right wing wanted to throw me and my kind into Gitmo, or even worse, much worse draft us to fight the fucking thing.

    it is to make those heart stopping, billion dollar life or death decisions that affect tens of millions of people around the globe.

    Yeah, when that decision involves wasting billions of dollars and causing billions of deaths by blowing up the globe, anyone who dares interfere is a “traitor”. But when that involves spending significantly less insuring the uninsured, which would in turn reduce health care costs by actually giving HEALTH care instead of SICK care, it is somehow “patriotic” to interrupt that.

  8. Hacksaw says:

    Well, if the president “DECIDES” that everyone needs health care, then who are you to get in the Decider’s way? I mean when I opposed Bush’s wars the right wing wanted to throw me and my kind into Gitmo, or even worse, much worse draft us to fight the fucking thing.

    That’s all bull, you were never threatened with imprisonment unless you credibly threatened the President’s life, in which case you would still be in jail and you were definitely never in danger of being drafted and forced into military service unless you are currently in your mid to late 60’s.

    Yeah, when that decision involves wasting billions of dollars and causing billions of deaths by blowing up the globe, anyone who dares interfere is a “traitor”. But when that involves spending significantly less insuring the uninsured, which would in turn reduce health care costs by actually giving HEALTH care instead of SICK care, it is somehow “patriotic” to interrupt that.

    If this health care law were so great, Obama would not have had to lie about it’s cost & bribe Democratic Congresspersons in order to pass it, and they would not have exempted themselves, their families & even their supporting staff from having this pile of crap forced upon them.

    It’s also the reason that the Governors of 35 of our 50 States have already filed suit against the federal government for imposing unlawful burdens upon them. It only takes 38 (¾ of the 50) States to convene a Constitutional Convention. One proposed change to our Constitution is a 28th Amendment, which reads:

    “Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Senators and /or Representatives; and, Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators and /or Representatives that does not apply equally to the citizens of the United States.”

    This Amendment, if adopted would not repeal this health care law, it would only force the Congress to be subject to it as well…..care to guess how many current Congresspersons would oppose this Amendment, especially in regards to this government takeover of health care that they want to subject us with, but protect themselves from?

  9. Princess says:

    again PB, i remind you it’s not healthCARE it’s health INSURANCE and who’s gonna PAY for someone else’s healthCARE………….it’s all about the $$$$$$ PB & the votes of course.
    Bush showed some real CLASS during his term by NOT bothering to even ACKNOWLEDGE the nastiness that came from people like YOU & just going about doing his JOB.
    and funny how HE was the one who put Petraus in CHARGE of Iraq (which btw was a HUGE success) and NOW oblahblah has decided that the very same guy BUSH hired is the one to take care of the rest of those ISLAMIC MUSLIM TERRORISTS. (even though he was against Petraus before he was FOR him)
    LMAO

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