Illegal immigration, border security top agenda for Obama-Brewer meeting

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by Catherine Holland and The Associated Press

azfamily.com

Posted on June 3, 2010 at 7:57 AM

Updated Thursday, Jun 3 at 4:54 PM

PHOENIX and WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Gov. Jan Brewer met with President Barack Obama in the Oval Office today.

During their 30-minute meeting, the two discussed illegal immigration and border security.

Arizona's controversial new immigration law is due to take effect at the end of July. The law requires police officers to ask for identification and check the immigration status of people accused of committing a crime if there's reasonable suspicion that the people might be in the country illegally.

Obama has called the law, Senate Bill 1070, "misguided." Brewer said Arizona acted because the federal government has not.

The president believes the new law is the wrong approach. He says states can't have their own individual immigration laws because that would only cause more confusion.

Obama said immigration is the federal government's responsibility and that Congress needs to act. The president is calling for the same kind of comprehensive immigration reform that former President Bush was unable to get from Republicans in Congress.

After the meeting, Brewer said they had a "very cordial" discussion, saying she and Obama have agreed to try to work together on a solution to the nation's immigration and border security woes.

Brewer also said Obama assured her that most of the 1,200 National Guard troops he is sending to the southern border will be coming to Arizona.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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