Perry, Brewer to skip U.S.-Mex­ico gover­nor meet­ing

Austin American-Statesman - - WORLD & NATION -

SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mex­ico will host a meet­ing of U.S. and Mex­i­can border gov­er­nors, pro­vid­ing a new venue for a con­fer­ence that was scrapped in Ari­zona be­cause of a dis­pute about its new im­mi­gra­tion en­force­ment law.

How­ever, the gov­er­nors of Texas and Ari­zona will not at­tend the resched­uled meet­ing.

The sum­mit will be held in Santa Fe in late Septem­ber, said Gil­bert Gallegos, a spokesman for Demo­cratic Gov. Bill Richardson.

The gov­er­nors of all six Mex­i­can border states are ex­pected to at­tend, he said Thurs­day.

“Ob­vi­ously, all border gov­er­nors are wel­come and en­cour­aged to at­tend, al­though the gov­er­nors of Ari­zona and Texas have said they are not in­ter­ested in join­ing a di­a­logue with their border col­leagues,” Gallegos said.

Richardson’s an­nounce­ment of the border gov­er­nors’ meet­ing came as a fed­eral judge in Phoenix con­sid­ered a law­suit against Ari­zona’s im­mi­gra­tion law, which takes ef­fect July 29 un­less blocked by a court. The law re­quires po­lice, while en­forc­ing other laws, to ques­tion a per­son’s im­mi­gra­tion sta­tus if of­fi­cers have a rea­son­able sus­pi­cion that the per­son is in the coun­try il­le­gally.

Ari­zona Gov. Jan Brewer, a Repub­li­can, called off the meet­ing in Phoenix af­ter the Mex­i­can gov­er­nors planned to boy­cott it be­cause of Ari­zona’s new im­mi­gra­tion law.

The Mex­i­can gov­er­nors said in a June let­ter that Ari­zona’s law vi­o­lated civil rights, and they sug­gested mov­ing the con­fer­ence to an­other state. Brewer can­celed it in­stead.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a Repub­li­can, won’t at­tend the meet­ing in New Mex­ico.

“It was Ari­zona’s turn to host this, and he re­spected their de­ci­sion to can­cel it. He still in­tends to have a work­ing re­la­tion­ship with all of the border gov­er­nors,” Perry spokes­woman Kather­ine Cesinger said.

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