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Having spent the last few weeks expressing his dismay over the recently signed Arizona immigration bill, President Obama likely had at least one bone to pick with the state's governor, Jan Brewer, who came to the White House on Thursday.

But after the meeting, it seemed that the Democratic president and the Republican governor found a bit of common ground on immigration.

Taking questions outside the West Wing, Brewer described the president as "very cordial" and said "they agreed to work together to find a solution" to illegal immigration. But she also defended her state's tough new immigration law – a measure Obama has called "misguided" – that makes it a crime to be without documentation of immigration status, and allows police to inquire into immigration status if they are stopping or arresting someone for other reasons.

"I feel very confident that what we have done in the past was the right thing to do. I believe that we are protecting the people of Arizona," Brewer said. But she also voiced support for comprehensive immigration reform -- a White House priority -- and added that she looked forward to "more closely coordinated efforts" between federal and state governments.

The White House, in an official statement, echoed these sentiments. "The president and governor agreed that the lack of action to fix the broken system at the federal level is unacceptable," and that Obama "urged Governor Brewer to be his partner in working in a bipartisan manner on comprehensive immigration reform." According to the statement, the president made clear his belief that security measures alone would not fix border problems, and expressed his "concern" that measures like the Arizona law would complicate broader efforts at the federal level.

If nothing specific resulted from the president and governor's discussions of the Arizona immigration law, SB 1070, at least there was a renewed sense of cooperation on comprehensive immigration reform. On a host of issues, the president needs some friends in conservative places, perhaps none more so than immigration, where once bipartisan support -- led by Arizona Sen. John McCain -- has taken a nosedive.
Later on Thursday, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs highlighted this point, saying "McCain was very instrumental in getting immigration reform to the point that it was in 2005, 2006 and 2007. I doubt we're going to get comprehensive immigration reform if we don't have John McCain doing what he believed in during those years. [Brewer] is the governor of that state and hopefully will let both the senators from Arizona... know that the way to best deal with immigration reform is to [do something] comprehensive at the federal level."

Brewer seems an unlikely ally for Obama in a push to get conservative support for a federal immigration bill, but she certainly holds sway with McCain, who is battling to win re-election this fall. McCain endorsed SB 1070 in a move many saw as a strategic decision to court conservative votes. If Obama can use Brewer's declared cooperation to convince McCain to come back to the table on immigration reform, perhaps there's hope yet for a comprehensive bill.

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I love USA

I admire Gov. Brewer.....hope she runs for higher office! We need more Americans like Jan Brewer!

July 05 2010 at 8:57 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
John Potterf

One thing about the Obama regime is that they can't stand cricism. We wouldn't have need for the states to have to make laws concerning illegals lf the feds would get off their fat butts and do something about it

June 26 2010 at 8:17 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to John Potterf's comment

Where was Bush on this? This is NOT a new problem

June 28 2010 at 12:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I hope the rest of the States will follow Arizona. For all of those out there who oppose this law, think about this...IF ONE IS IN THE USA ILLEGALLY, THEY ARE ALREADY BREAKING A LAW AND ARE CRIMINALS, AND DESERVE TO BE TREATED AS SUCH! If you want to come to the USA, then go through the legal process and do it right.

June 26 2010 at 7:41 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
James Lawrence

Great job Arizona, keep it up and maybe other states will follow.

June 26 2010 at 5:29 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

I'm Irish-American, wife Mexican-American, living at "ground-zero" (Phoenix, Arizona). I've been pulled over by Phoenix PD, they ask for my drivers license, give me my citation, off I go. My wife gets pulled over by Phoenix PD, they ask her for her drivers license (which cost me over $6,000 for immigration to obtain), give her her citation, off she goes. Secretary of Homeland Security was our Governor until Obama won presidency, and a good one (I believe), I voted for her each election year. She was constantly talking to the feds about how we needed help with the illegal’s crossing into our state, sapping our resources. Now she acts as though there is no problem here. Just goes to show what everyone already knows, Washington corrupts people. Try taking your child to an ER and wait 3hrs for your child to be seen because you're in line behind dozens of these illegal’s, you will see where we are coming from. We are not against Mexican Immigrants!!!!! We are against ILLEGAL Mexican Immigrants!

June 26 2010 at 5:10 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

SUPPORT ARIZONA LAW: All states should pass the same law. I would appreciate law enforcement asking me to provide proof of citizenship. It would curb illegals. "Illegals" should be a priorty with our executive and legislative branches. They nolonger just pick fruit and vegetables. Good paying jobs are being taken by illegals. You cannot get any response from the authorities and the illegals and business know it. I support Jan Brewer.

June 06 2010 at 11:32 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

what do the hispanics want as reasonable immigration reform. the answer, amnesty for all the illegals so they can become citizens. since when do criminals and invaders call the shots? what do the politicans in the democratic party want as reasonable immigration reform. the answer, it is the same, and the democrats want amnesty so the hispanics will vote to keep them in office. if illegals are given amnesty and citizenship, the political system in the u.s. will become a one party affair, the democrats. unbelieveable!

June 04 2010 at 12:03 AM Report abuse +15 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to Andy's comment

Andy, why, why can't they follow the rules of the land? Why don't they want to learn English or the constitution? These are important to becoming a citizen. Not, just amnesty. All amnesty will do is make victims and welfare victims. Not, rally giving the tools to succeed. But, maybe that is what you want, so you can feel good about yourself. Know the constitution and what is stands, take a test, but speak English, so they can become citizens. Work for it.

June 04 2010 at 7:38 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Illegals don't want citizenship. You see any placards saying they do? They simply want a free pass to our benefits. They like it the way it is -- free ERs, schools, etc. If they were to become citizens some of them would end up having to pay for what get now for free. And those who did become citizens would be eligible for income poverty credits, placing another burden on the taxpayers.

June 05 2010 at 12:16 AM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply

Immigration is in the over-heated mode.As legal new residents are pouring in buy the thousands each month..most phillipino.. latin american..along with lebanese..MY concern is who will feed all these people with-in the next ten years..American cannot support...this sea of or illegal..Solyent Green is becoming a reality..

June 03 2010 at 11:58 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply


Obama has been on vacation for years. He did not do his job as a Junior Senator and he certainly is not doing his job as POTUS.



ILLEGAL MEANS UNLAWFUL!!! Why won't the Obama administration protect AMERICAN CITIZENS??? The Obama administration doesn't recognise them as illegal immigrants,THEY THINK OF THEM AS UNREGISTERED DEMOCRATS!!! The Democrats have stooped to new lows for pandering to the Latino voting bloc.

The Sestak and Romanoff issues need to be investigated by an "independent" group --- not by Obama's cronies!!! We are getting more CYA from this corrupt administration. They have had months to get their stories together,,,,,,,,we have been played AGAIN!!!!!

It does not matter who made the Sestak offer --- an offer was made to keep him out of the senate race in exchange for a WH job. Having the former Pres only makes him a co-conspirator and complicit in the discussion. That was a very dumb move on Clinton's part. It still comes from Rahm and he works for Obama and such a position would come directly from Obama. This still violates federal law and was a bribe. If Obama had asked Rahm to have Sasha contact Sespak it is still a bribe.

It's amazing that everything important that happens in this admiistration happens on a Friday --- before a long weekend, while Obama is unavailable. He finally decided to go to Louisiana to check on the oil cleanup. This is just more Chicago gangster-style politics!


June 03 2010 at 10:10 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

He stated his dismay , give me a break its a mirror of the federal law that he chooses not to enforce The 1200 troops he sent is not enough The way this adminastration double talks , soon amnesty will follow

June 03 2010 at 8:53 PM Report abuse +20 rate up rate down Reply

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