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President Obama met with Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer today in the Oval Office, reportedly for 30 minutes, to talk about the new immigration law she signed, and the potential for comprehensive immigration reform in Congress. This after Obama has offered some tough criticism of it, saying in his joint appearance with Mexican President Felipe Calderon that it leaves open the possibility of racial profiling.


The upshot, from her post-meeting news conference: Brewer wouldn't say whether she supports reform that includes a pathway to citizenship (she wouldn't really answer this question; maybe she'd support it once the border has been secured, since that's her priority, as it is for most Republicans), but she does appear to have gotten Obama to promise some personnel, in addition to National Guard, to travel to Arizona to meet with her staff before the new law takes effect by August.

Key quotes from her press conference: "I was successful in getting the promise that someone would be out to Arizona within the next couple weeks to speak with my staff"..."We assume that in two weeks we know exactly how many will be deployed to Arizona. The numbers are not fixed...but he felt the majority of the resources would be coming to Arizona."

It doesn't appear that Brewer and Obama see eye to eye on what immigration reform should look like, necessarily, but it does appear Brewer is getting most of what she wants from the president. I'm not sure we'll see her turn into an ally of the White House in an effort to pass Democratic-sponsored immigration reform over the next couple years, but everyone who supports this law does seem to think comprehensive reform is the answer.
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Chris Good is a political reporter for ABC News. He was previously an associate editor at The Atlantic and a reporter for The Hill.

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