- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 3, 2010

After meeting Thursday with President Obama to hash out their differences over immigration and border security, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer said she has won promises for better cooperation from the White House on National Guard troops but failed to make any headway on the state’s new tough immigration law.

“Today I’m farther ahead than I was yesterday,” Mrs. Brewer, a Republican who has been thrust into the national spotlight as the immigration issue heats up, told reporters after the meeting at the White House.

Mrs. Brewer said Mr. Obama promised to send administration officials to Arizona within a couple of weeks to work out details of the president’s plan to deploy up to 1,200 National Guard troops on the U.S.-Mexico border. Mrs. Brewer said she expects most of those troops will go to Arizona, which is ground-zero for the flow of illegal immigrants coming into the country.

But the governor said Mr. Obama would not discuss whether the administration will sue to block Arizona’s new immigration law, which requires police to check the legal status of anyone they encounter during regular stops or checks who they suspect may be in the country illegally.

Mrs. Brewer said the president said he’s leaving decisions about challenging the law up to the Justice Department, and wouldn’t speak about his concerns.

The law specifically prohibits racial profiling, but Mr. Obama has said he still fears the measure could violate civil rights and lead to racial profiling.