President Obama and President Felipe Calderon after a brief news conference at the White House.
By Susan Walsh, AP
President Obama said today he is concerned that Arizona's new immigration law could be "applied in a discriminatory fashion," and his Justice Department is due to report back "soon" on a possible civil rights lawsuit against the state.
Obama's comments at a brief news conference echoed those made by Mexican President Felipe Calderon earlier in today's state visit, as he discussed migrant workers.
"Many of them, despite their significant contribution to the economy and to the society of the United States, still live in the shadows and, occasionally, as in Arizona, they even face discrimination," Calderon said.
Obama said he understands the frustrations with the immigration system that inspired the Arizona law. He said the better solution is "comprehensive" immigration changes that combine tighter border security with a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants, though he added he needs Republican help to pass such a bill.
A play-by-play of the news conference follows the jump.
President Obama and Mexican counterpart Felipe Calderon are conducting a news conference from the White House Rose Garden. Here is some play-by-play:
12:20 p.m. -- The two presidents emerge, a half-hour late. Obama again welcomes Calderon and talks about the shared responsibilities of the United States and Mexico, from promoting tourism to defeating drug cartels. Obama said Calderon is trying to lead Mexico in "difficult times." He says he discussed border security with Calderon, and both presidents want the border to be "an engine and not a brake on economic growth."