June 3rd, 2010
02:30 PM ET
8 years ago

Arizona governor, Obama meet on immigration


The president and Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, a Republican, met Thursday at the White House. (Photo Credit: Pete Souza/Official White House Photo)

Washington (CNN) - Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer emerged from a meeting Thursday with President Barack Obama and said the two had "agreed to work together in order to find some solution" to the immigration issue.

Brewer, who signed the state's immigration law that Obama has called misguided, described the tone of the talks as "very cordial" but said disagreements remained. "We know we're not going to agree on some issues until other issues are worked out," she told reporters.

Brewer said Obama agreed to send staffers to Arizona "in a couple of weeks" to discuss using federal resources to tighten the border, including the allocation of 1,200 National Guard troops and $500 million.

"He assured us that the majority of those resources would be coming to Arizona," Brewer said.

She added, "I am encouraged there is going to be much better dialogue between the federal government and the state of Arizona. I hope that that's not wishful thinking; I hope that that's positive thinking."

The meeting came after the governor said this week she is not worried about a potential legal challenge from the Obama administration over the law.

"We'll meet you in court," Brewer told CNN's "John King, USA." "I have a pretty good record of winning in court."

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Updated: 3:20 p.m.

Related: We'll see you in court, Brewer tells Obama

Filed under: Arizona • Immigration • Jan Brewer • President Obama
soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. David

    Yeah, it's called enforce the law and quit sitting on your hands!!!

    June 3, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  2. Duck Fallas

    Work together? Did she clear that with Rush?

    Watch for the retraction soon....

    June 3, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  3. Sherri

    I say 'JINDAL / BREWER' 2010 !!!

    June 3, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  4. GI Joe

    The govenor just demanded a big ear-mark for her state that will be added to the deficit – and Pres. Obama will be blamed.

    GW did nothing for 8 years but start 2 wars – WHY DIDN'T HE TAKE CARE OF THE BORDERS TO PREVENT TERRORISM?

    June 3, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  5. Sherri

    OOPS sorry, I mean 'JINDAL / BREWER" 2012.... my bad

    June 3, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  6. Rob

    Whatever happened to the whole defiance thing? "I'll see you in court..blah blah blah." so much for that. The Governer got put in her place.

    June 3, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  7. Warren

    Your State, your laws.

    Stand up for States rights.

    Stop the crossing over into this country.

    If the Feds don't act it is time for the citizens of this Nation and States to act.

    I support Arz. new law.

    June 3, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  8. sonny chapman

    She ought to get make up artists to darken her up & make her look Latino & then come back in a year & see what she's thinks about her new law.

    June 3, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  9. Avi Shlomo

    I am not sure why is it difficult to send troops to secure our borders while the whole Administartion and congress will sign on on any proxy war for Israel and send our young men and women to die. I see our borders first.

    June 3, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  10. koron

    Its comforting to see someone actually working together for a change. I voted for Obama with hopes of seeing more of this throughout his administration. I'm not totally disappointed with bi-partison action up til this point but it is comforting to see some progress after pulling teeth.

    June 3, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  11. billybob 'n NC

    To borrow a line from "The Last Yard," I wonder if the gov "ever gets spiders" in that '60's hair bun?

    June 3, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  12. Angus McDugan

    Looks like she schooled him pretty good. He did not have a leg to stand on and was only pandering to the Hispanic vote.

    June 3, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  13. Mr. Moderate

    Look out Jan, the tea party will now use that picture to show that you have betrayed the conservative cause and no longer pass the purity test.

    June 3, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  14. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Gov. Brewer, you're 15 minutes is up. I only think you passed your racial profiling law to get some national news coverage. Good for you. Anyway, your racial profiling bill is unconstitutional and will not hold up in court.

    June 3, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  15. jeff jackson, alabama

    I sure hope the Prez takes notes from an expert.

    June 3, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  16. Victim of George W's ECONOMY


    Those who support this Racist Bill ARE sickening excuses for human beings.

    June 3, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  17. Victim of George W's ECONOMY


    Let's GET RID of the Statue of Liberty since her printed words mean NOTHING.

    Give us your poor, your hungry, your huddled masses, so that we may use them to our advantage, picking our crops, cleaning our hotel rooms, etc.

    June 3, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  18. Jilli

    I wonder how slowly the president had to speak so this dimwit would comprehend his words.

    She looks like an old bar hag and shows she has the intellect to match.

    I wonder if the Pres asked why she reacted in such an extreme measure when the facts prove that crime is decreasing rather than increasing in AZ. It's all just a political ploy, and the braindead bitter folks lap it all up like lemmings.

    June 3, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  19. Senator

    Kennedy didnt meet with Bull Connor and I would never have given her the Privilege of the oval office

    June 3, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  20. dennis

    Go to court and kick the govts butt. This is illegal. Taking a car off a new lot is illegal so why should anything be done about that. I have my drivers license and i am a LEGAL citizen....

    June 3, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  21. Jerry

    Talk is cheap, send men and women with guns and bullets to the border to stop the illegal alien flow. This is where Bush and Obama show their real colorsas drug users, I say start bombing the poppy fields in the middle east and all the powers there will fall in line.

    June 3, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  22. ATL Guy

    That woman is an idiot.

    June 3, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  23. thor

    This is the best that this president can do with the problem of people being here illegally.Just pitifil. No better than what Bush did in his time in office.No country in the world lets this happen to their country so why is it that we put up with this at all.

    June 3, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  24. Tough Talk

    All that tough talk by the Governor leading up to the meeting with the Pres, and now she has a softer tone. Her body language shows nervous tendencies.

    June 3, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  25. Padraig

    There is a process to come into this country. If you cannot follow the process don't come. Illegals should be immediately sent back.

    Our President and the past Presidents after Eisehower have been ignoring this. Obama do your job, make a decision.

    For those who think this is cruel, why don't you adopt these people and let them move in with you.

    June 3, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
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