Rift Between Arizona, Mexico Grows

As the Department of Justice filed a lawsuit challenging Arizona’s new immigration law, the fight got even more personal. Just last week, Gov. Jan Brewer decisively canceled a yearly conference between U.S. and Mexico governors, after all Mexico border governors refused to set foot in her state. The meeting happened to be scheduled for Phoenix this year and was set to be hosted by Brewer. The move has irritated other states’ governors, who say Brewer had no authority to cancel the summit flat out. New Mexico’s Bill Richardson has said he will seek for an alternative city for the conference, “with or without Arizona’s participation.” In the past, the conference has allowed the U.S. and Mexico to address issues related to the border.