US-Mexico border-state governors to convene in Santa Fe
The U.S.-Mexico border governors will meet Sunday and Monday in Santa Fe to talk about border security and economic development even though Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer are boycotting the event, New Mexico officials said Friday.
Brewer and Perry will not be there because they disagree with the decision of the other governors to move the conference from Arizona to New Mexico. The conference was supposed to be in Phoenix this year, but the six Mexican governors in the group announced in June that they would not travel to Arizona because of its new immigration law.
At that point, Brewer canceled the conference.
However, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson disagreed with Brewer and he moved the conference to New Mexico. California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is helping Richardson host the conference. Chihuahua state Gov. Jose Reyes Baeza is expected to be there.
Richardson said the conference must go on regardless of who shows up.
The governor who is an immigrant and the governor who grew up in Mexico are the two who are continuing to work on solutions, while the two who must rail against immigrants for selfish political reasons “boycott” the meeting. I’d call it shirking their duties.