From NBC's Ali Weinberg
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, who last month signed into law a controversial immigration measure that some critics fear encourages racial profiling, said that meeting with President Obama at the White House today left her "further ahead" than she was yesterday in seeking federal immigration assistance.
Last month, Obama announced he would send an additional 1,200 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border, which the White House characterized not as a reaction to the Arizona law, but an effort to stem the violence from Mexico's drug trade that was spilling over the border.
Brewer said the president provided no definitive answer on how many of the 1,200 Guardsmen would be deployed to the Arizona border, but expressed optimism that she would know in a few weeks.
"People from the staff are coming out to Arizona in a couple of weeks to brief us on what their projections are going to be," Brewer said, adding that Obama assured her that the majority of those resources will be coming to Arizona.
When asked what developments she would like to see a month from now, Brewer responded that she hopes to see construction started on a fence on the border. "I tried to get that information today. I was not successful," she said.
Brewer also said she would be open to discussing comprehensive immigration reform, but that previous attempts to enact sweeping reform had been unsuccessful.
"We talked about a pathway maybe to better immigration reform that he feels very very strongly about," she said. "I've indicated at that point in time we've been promised that information previously and it wasn't successful and amnesty was instilled upon people, but we never secured the borders."
In a readout of the meeting, the White House press office characterized President Obama's dissatisfaction with the Arizona law.
"The President reiterated his concern with the measure, including that a patchwork of different state immigration regulations around the country would interfere with the federal government's responsibility to set and enforce immigration policy," the readout said in part.
Brewer was asked whether she believed President Obama understood the law she passed last month.
"He's a well-learned man and a lawyer," she said, "If he read the law, sure, he understands the law."
Brewer -- and other Republicans -- have criticized some Democrats for not reading the bill. Brewer, in fact, has a Web video featuring a dismayed puppet frog lamenting the reactions of Democrats who say they haven't read it.
Asked today whether she thinks President Obama has "read the bill," she said nothing and smiled.