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Federal officials meeting with Brewer to discuss border

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Posted: Monday, June 28, 2010 10:57 am | Updated: 9:13 am, Tue Aug 10, 2010.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer will meet Monday in Phoenix with federal officials dispatched by President Barack Obama to provide specifics for Arizona regarding his plans to tighten security along the U.S.-Mexico border.

The meeting in Brewer's office stems from Brewer's June 3 visit to the White House where she and Obama discussed border security and immigration. Brewer has asked for specifics on how the plans apply to Arizona.

The president previously announced that he plans to send 1,200 troops to the border, and he asked Congress for $600 million to pay for 1,000 more Border Patrol agents, 160 new federal immigration officers and two unmanned aircraft.

Brewer had called on Obama to deploy the National Guard to help stem the flow of illegal immigrants and drug smugglers across the border, and she reacted to Obama's initial announcement by saying 1,200 Guard personnel wouldn't be enough. She also urged Obama to send National Guard helicopters and surveillance drones to the border to help tight.

The White House has said the delegation to Arizona is headed by John Brennan, deputy national security adviser for homeland security and counterterrorism.

Before meeting with Brewer on Monday afternoon, the delegation was scheduled to meet in Tucson with Arizona officials including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., and Attorney General Terry Goddard, also a Democrat.

The meetings follow months of heated debate over illegal immigration sparked by the passage of a new Arizona law on April 23. The law generally requires police investigating another incident or crime to ask people about their immigration status if there's a "reasonable suspicion" they're in the country illegally.

The meeting comes as Arizona officials await word on a widely anticipated federal legal challenge to the measure. Obama has called the law "misguided." Brewer has said its enactment was necessary because of federal inaction on border enforcement.

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