Video: AZ. gov., Obama to work on immigration staff and news service reports
updated 6/3/2010 3:24:02 PM ET 2010-06-03T19:24:02

The Arizona governor who signed a controversial new immigration law called a Thursday meeting with President Barack Obama "very cordial."

Republican Gov. Jan Brewer said she and Obama agreed to try to work together on a solution to the nation's immigration and border security woes.

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

Arizona's new law, scheduled to take effect July 29, will require police enforcing any other law to examine immigration status if there is reasonable suspicion a person is in the country illegally. It also makes being in the country illegally a state crime.

Obama has criticized the law as "misdirected" and potentially discriminatory. He has directed the Department of Justice to review the legislation.

The two did not discuss the threat of a Justice Department lawsuit Thursday, Brewer told reporters.

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