Amid a harsh domestic dispute over Arizona’s new immigration law, the state’s governor traveled to Washington, D.C., to meet with President Obama to discuss the issue. However, it appears that the two sides did not come to any substantive agreements.
Although the White House said in a statement that the meeting "went well," Obama still stressed the importance of states working together on a comprehensive immigration reform, and complained that a patchwork of individual laws will complicate enforcement, according to The Washington Post.
Meanwhile, Brewer stressed the need to secure the border first, and stated that Obama declined to discuss whether the Department of Justice (DOJ) will file a lawsuit to block the law before it takes effect next month, the news provider further reported.
When the law was passed in April, Attorney General Eric Holder told reporters that the DOJ was "considering all possibilities, including the possibility of a court challenge."
He also spoke of the bill’s unconstitutionality, but later admitted that he had not read it, which organizations such as Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS) called "absolutely outrageous."
"Our nation’s highest law-enforcement officer is issuing threats and intimidation over a law he has not bothered to read," said Marilyn DeYoung, chairwoman of CAPS.
"Obviously, political considerations are trumping his duty to enforce immigration and labor laws," she added.