Governors Say State-Level Immigration Reforms Could Cause Friction

LITTLE ROCK, AR - A group of Democratic governors in Little Rock today vented their frustration about a lack of federal action on immigration reform.  The leaders say lack of federal action could cause friction between states that are pursuing their own prohibitions.

The four Democratic governors...Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas, Janet Napolitano of Arizona, Phil Bredesen of Tennessee and Arkansas' Mike Beebe, met at the Clinton School of Public Service in downtown Little Rock.

After an hour-long panel discussion with students from the school, the governors told reporters that they've been left to come up with their own plans to combat immigration because President Bush's immigration reform proposals failed earlier this year in Congress.

During the meeting with the students, the governors also called for the passage of a $35 billion spending increase for the State Children's Health Insurance Program, which is set to expire September 30.  President Bush has threatened to veto the legislation.

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