Greta Van Susteren, host of the Fox News program, “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren,” was in Arizona yesterday where she spoke with Arizona Governor Jan Brewer.
Today (Thursday) is when the update of President Obama’s plans for securing the Arizona border has been promised to be made known to Gov. Brewer, and she is still hopeful that she will receive that information from government officials.
Governor Brewer met with President Obama on June 3, and at that time the President told Gov. Brewer that he would be sending staff to Arizona in two weeks to tell her staff exactly what is going to take place with the National Guard and the resources that will be sent to her state.
Van Susteren directed this question to Brewer yesterday: “Two weeks is up tomorrow. Did you get that information?”
Brewer: “Nothing. There’s been some communication between the White House and my office, but unfortunately, we don’t have any details to share with you all tonight. I’m hoping that by tomorrow, we’ll have it and we’ll come back and let you know firsthand.”
VAN SUSTEREN: “What is it that you expect or hope he’s going to give you by tomorrow?”
BREWER: …what I’d like to hear and probably what I’m going to get is probably two different things. But certainly, I would like to hear that we would get all of the troops that he has said that he’s going to send to the border into the state of Arizona. We are the gateway…Texas, New Mexico, California — they don’t have the issues that we have.
“And they are coming through that corridor, the Tucson corridor, by droves. And they are not only coming through Arizona, a lot of them are staying, but they’re going into everybody else’s state also. I have information that we have tried to compile that over a thousand of the drug cartels have now been located in different cities of America.”
There was some on-going discussion throughout the interview concerning the attention that the President is now directing towards the oil spill catastrophe and the attention that he has directed towards the problems that Arizona has been dealing with for a long time concerning border issues.
Van Susteren: “Well, in today’s meeting with the officials from British Petroleum, Homeland Security director Janet Napolitano, who was the governor of this state before you became governor — she was at that meeting because of national security issues, I assume. Was she at your meeting?
Brewer: “No, she was not.”
Van Susteren: “Why not? I mean, she knows the problem as well as anybody.”
Brewer: “She does, and you know, she has turned a blind eye towards Arizona for whatever the reason. She understands the problem, and the problem has gotten worse…They need to step up and do the job that they are responsible for. And we’re going to continue sending that message out. I have encouraged everybody that I know in any manner that they can to contact the White House and let them know that we are not going to put up with it! America is not going to put up with it…
“I think that the administration, on a whole, has tried to ignore the problem. Maybe they don’t know how to deal with it. And if they don’t, then they need to find somebody that can deal with it…We’re going to force them to do the job. They’re going to pay attention!…
“And now, as of today — this is kind of breaking news — we have opened up a new website…Keepazsafe.com because so many people from around the country have been calling and e-mailing us, wanting to participate and see how they can help us. And so this is a legal defense fund that they can contribute to…”
There was some discussion regarding the debate that Gov. Brewer had just participated in along with other gubernatorial candidates.
Also, they talked about the situation that has come up in the state whereby Arizona Attorney General Goddard has been told by Gov. Brewer that he won’t be the one defending Arizona from any potential lawsuits against Arizona from the federal government in regard to the Arizona immigration law which will go into effect on July 29.
The preliminary transcript of the Van Susteren interview with Gov. Brewer: Gov. Brewer: We Can’t Continue to Be the Gateway for Illegal Immigration
The video of this interview: Will Gov. Jan Brewer Hear from Pres. Obama Today?
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