May 24th, 2010
11:17 AM ET
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Arizona to Obama: We need Predator drones!

New York ( - Unbowed by a raft of boycotts over her immigration policy, Arizona Gov. Janice Brewer has requested helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles from the White House to patrol the border region with Mexico.

Brewer, in a letter to President Obama, asked that the National Guard reallocate reconnaissance helicopters and robotic surveillance craft to the "border states" from other parts of the country.

The governor specifically asked for OH-58 Kiowa helicopters, used by the military for reconnaissance, noting that Arizona currently has only four of them "available for border missions."

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soundoff (49 Responses)
  1. marcia

    yes yes yes!!!!

    May 24, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  2. key

    I really sympathize with Arizona. But doesn't the Governor of any State has the right to deploy their National Guard. Because the National Guard is stretched thin in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    May 24, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  3. rdepontb

    Good idea. And, we can leave the Pakistani civilians alone for a while so they can replenish their food and housing supplies, in the bargain.

    May 24, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  4. Tori in Texas

    ROTFLMAO Is this woman for real? Are we being punked? Hey, Crazy Lady in Arizona – you made Arizona's bed, now sleep in it. If you want predator drones in your state I suggest you 1)find a private company in Arizona to build them for you or 2)find a boatload of cash so you can PAY the non-Arizonion taxpayers for the rental of our military toys. Plus insurance. So suck it up and live with your bigoted choices.

    May 24, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  5. Dave

    The federal government is not going to supply what's needed. They want illegal immigration.

    May 24, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  6. Brian L

    Be afraid of federal government if they require you to have health insurance.

    But do not be afraid of the federal government if they Torture, Listen in on your phone conversations and fly reconnaissance helicopters/unmanned drones over your house???

    May 24, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  7. Jon Krieger

    All we are asking,is for you to do your job and help us out over here!

    May 24, 2010 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  8. Tom in Delaware

    Don't forget the Hellfire Missiles to go with them....that'll secure the border fast.

    May 24, 2010 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  9. tony

    Predator drones? Does the governor know that we are not dealing with terrorists here? Are we better than what East Germany used to do, using machine guns to mow down people who wanted to cross the Berlin Wall? Do Republicans seriously believe that any Latinos (and Republicans seem to forget that many of them are U.S. citizens and can vote) will ever vote Republican again?

    May 24, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  10. Republicans is smart in the head area

    This woman is positively unhinged. How soon before she runs for President on the Tea Party ticket?

    May 24, 2010 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  11. me in NH

    so...let's make it happen !!!

    nothing is done about this issue - block the border 1st – then talk about all the other issues

    May 24, 2010 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    Drones are already being used in pilot programs to test how effective they are in border control. This is akin to your mom being bossy and telling you to wash the dishes when you're already elbow deep in the sink. AZ is only making this demand to make more fuss, then claim that drones weren't being used until they demanded it, which is categorically false.

    May 24, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  13. Kahuna

    Amazing how illegal immigration wasn't a problem in AZ 1.5 years ago when Bush was in office. Amazing how the clowns in the AZ legislature and gov office can keep a straight face while blaming Obama for the failures of the federal immigration policy of the last 30 years. As usual with the Repubs, it's blame, blame, blame.

    May 24, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  14. Rick McDaniel

    Absolutely should be using predator drones.....armed.

    May 24, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  15. Dano

    I supposed she also wants machine guns and/or rocket launchers mounted so she can send a message to those who think they can just sneak into our country and steal all of the low paying, labor intensive jobs from American citizens!

    May 24, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  16. Hugo

    12 to 20 million illegals in our Nation.... For perspective, that number surpasses the population of the State of Florida. I bet if there were 12 to 20 million taxpayers that refused to pay their income tax the Federal Government could find them.

    May 24, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  17. Moderate

    Obama to Arizona; How do you plan to pay for them?

    May 24, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  18. jeremy..Big D..Tx

    You want resources but you don't want taxes to pay for them. Tell the president to close down Afghanistan and Iraq to defend Az. We are broke.

    May 24, 2010 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  19. lmonta

    I cannot believe what I am reading. Are you kidding me. Illegals are not terrorist. Funny how republicans and tea parties dislike government so much but are asking for government help

    May 24, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  20. Charlie

    Hey, why don't we just use landmines and be done with it. What is with all this hate in AZ. Get ride of the folks who employ the illegals and the illegals will go away,

    May 24, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  21. Chris - Denver

    Big government, come and save us from the brown people! I want my big government nanny! And bring helicopters!

    May 24, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  22. Haze

    Good luck with that Gov. Brewer as Obama does not even want the border patrol to enforce current Federa Law. Obama is such a joke as a president. Loved how he paraded Mexico's President around DC last week castigating America when in Mexica laws are much more stringent. Get the drones and let Border Patrol do its job instead of trying to just add to your political base Obama.

    May 24, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  23. lolo

    Since she signed the bill before asking for assistance, she was acting like she did not need the government help. Let her and McCain and S.Palin figure it out since they are so smart. Now that she has opened a can of worms she all of a sudden needs help.

    May 24, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  24. T'SAH from Virginia

    Yea right – have the DRONES misfire and hit a couple of homes and then what?????? Jeez!

    This governor needs to close the HOLE in her FACE!!!

    May 24, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
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