Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) said Tuesday she is "a bit offended" she was not invited to President Obama's immigration summit at the White House.
Brewer said Obama should have brought in border-state governors like her and Texas's Rick Perry (R) to share their perspectives on border security, which she says is woefully inadequate.
Obama is reviving the issue of immigration reform as he faces growing pressure from his base to act on a plan.
Invited to the Tuesday meeting were current and former officials and stakeholder groups, including New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I), former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R), the Rev. Al Sharpton, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and former Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.).
Brewer served as one of the president's main foils the last time immigration moved to the forefront of the national debate.
The Arizona governor, who was reelected in November, met with Obama last June about her state's controversial immigration law, which the president called "misguided" at the time.
"I feel Arizona — I believe I and Rick Perry and certainly the governors on the border, have been leading the fight. We've been bringing the message to America," she said. "And I think that we should have been afforded that opportunity, to be at the table to help him understand the situation that we want straightened out."
The law requires state law enforcement officials to check the papers of individuals they suspect are in the country illegally, as long as they were initially stopped for other reasons. But a federal judge put a stay on several major provisions of the law, a ruling that has been upheld by higher courts.
Brewer would certainly have brought a different perspective to the meeting.
"I'm not interested in a lot of solutions until we get our borders secured. It's simple," she said.