NM Governor to attend US-Mexico meeting, Brewer stays home

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AZ Governor Jan Brewer, NM Governor Susana Martinez AZ Governor Jan Brewer, NM Governor Susana Martinez

Gov. Susana Martinez will be traveling to Mexico for this year's meeting of governors of U.S. and Mexican border states.  She will serve as vice-chair of the event this year.

The Border Governors Conference begins Wednesday in Ensenada, Baja California. Representatives from California, Arizona, Texas and several Mexican border states will participate.

The conference will focus on numerous issues, including economic development, border security, education and natural resources.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer told reporters that she's canceled her trip this year, and will instead meet with the Arizona Department of Economic Security's director to get a report on the state's welfare system. Her schedule originally called for her to attend the border governors meeting on Wednesday and Thursday.

Last year's meeting in Arizona was canceled because of a boycott over that state's immigration law. Mexican governors then attended a meeting held in New Mexico by then-Gov. Bill Richardson. New Mexico is slated to host the 2012 Border Governors Conference in Albuquerque next fall.

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