Obama, Arizona Governor Have 'Cordial' Meeting

Jan Brewer goes to the White House

By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 3, 2010 4:06 PM CDT

(Newser) – Arizona Governor Jan Brewer says she and the president had "agreed to work together" to improve communication in the wake of the passage of a controversial state immigration law, the Hill reports. Brewer characterized her meeting with Barack Obama at the White House as "cordial" and said federal officials would travel to Arizona within 2 weeks to discuss how to spend additional money on border security.

But the two seem to have made only formal progress on the issue of the law that requires ID checks for suspected illegal immigrants. Obama communicated his concerns about it and asked for Brewer's help on immigration reform, but Brewer said the two had "brushed over" the issue of a possible Justice Department lawsuit. Obama "indicated that he was leaving that up to the Department of Justice," said Brewer.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer waves as she speaks to reporters outside the White House in Washington, Thursday, June 3, 2010, after a private meeting with President Barack Obama.
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer waves as she speaks to reporters outside the White House in Washington, Thursday, June 3, 2010, after a private meeting with President Barack Obama.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer is seen through a fence as she arrives for a private meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House in Washington, Thursday, June 3, 2010.
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer is seen through a fence as she arrives for a private meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House in Washington, Thursday, June 3, 2010.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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