Democratic governors are worried about the Obama administration's lawsuit against Arizona's immigration law.
The governors said the White House needs to focus on jobs and the economy.
The New York Times reported some of the governors met privately with White House officials over the weekend. The governors warned that the focus on Arizona, instead of jobs, will hurt the Democratic Party in the fall elections
"Universally the governors are saying, 'We've got to talk about jobs,' " Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen (D), said in an interview. "And all of a sudden we have immigration going on."
"It is such a toxic subject, such an important time for Democrats," he added.
The lawsuit argues that controlling immigration is a federal responsibility. Polls show that a majority of Americans support the law.
The immigration law in the Grand Canyon State is set to take effect in less than three weeks.