Brewer, Perry Blast Administration's Border Security Plan
July 2, 2010 by Special To Personal Liberty
Texas Governor Rick Perry and Arizona Governor Jan Brewer denounced the White House’s border security plan on Monday after attending a long-awaited meeting with Federal officials sent by President Obama.
During the 90-minute briefing the five-member delegation laid out the administration’s National Guard deployment strategy, which includes sending 524 troops to Arizona and 250 to Texas—numbers that both governors believe to be insufficient, according to the Associated Press (AP).
"It’s somewhat disappointing, to say the least," said Brewer, adding that the president told her during their June 3 meeting that the majority of the 1,200 troops would be sent to Arizona.
Perry reiterated Brewer’s thoughts concerning his own state, noting that the proposed deployment of troops is "insufficient to meet the needs of securing the Texas-Mexico border."
Brewer and Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) each said earlier this year that 6,000 troops are needed to secure the border, including at least 3,000 in Arizona alone.
Following the meeting officials with the White House said that the plan will "complement the unprecedented resources and additional efforts already devoted by this administration to securing the Southwest border."
Brewer’s spokesman Paul Senseman said that the governor is asking that Obama respond directly to the letter she sent last week requesting sufficient border security personnel, helicopters and surveillance drones, KGUN9.com reports.