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Immigration: Texas, Arizona to Skip Border State Meeting With Mexican Counterparts
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July 17, 2010

A meeting of governors from both sides of the U.S. border with Mexico will go forward in late September, but it's got a new venue and the governors of Arizona and Texas say they'll skip the event.

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson said he would host the border meeting in Santa Fe after Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer called off the previously scheduled meeting in Phoenix when Mexican officials said they would boycott in protest of Arizona's new immigration law. Now Brewer and Texas Gov. Rick Perry apparently intend to bypass Santa Fe in September.

"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," Richardson spokesman Gilbert Gallegos said, according to the Associated Press.

The Arizona law requires police, while enforcing other laws, to question a person's immigration status upon "reasonable suspicion" that they are in the state illegally. It is is set to take effect on July 29, although it is under challenge in a U.S. District Court in Phoenix.

The Mexican governors, protesting the law, suggested in June that the conference be moved to another state. And so it was.

Governors from the Mexican states of Coahuila, Chihuahua, Nuevo Leon, Sonora, Tamaulipas, and Baja, Calif., are expected to attend. California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has also said he will be in Santa Fe. The meetings provide a forum for discussion and debate of environmental concerns, water rights, international trade and border violence.

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