PHOENIX — Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer said Thursday she is forming a task force of tourism officials and business leaders to combat what she calls “mistruths” about the state’s controversial new immigration law.

Brewer met privately with tourism industry leaders and later told reporters that she was forming a group of industry representatives and state officials to prepare a marketing strategy to deal with public criticism of the law.

The law, which is set to take effect late July, requires police to ask a person about his or her immigration status if there’s “reasonable suspicion” that the person is in the country illegally. Being in the country illegally would be a state crime under the law.

Critics have said the law could lead to racial profiling, and some groups and city governments have called for boycotts of Arizona and its businesses.


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