Jan Brewer admits that her first attempt at political writing is more than a bit one-sided.

In an interview with Capitol Media Services, the Arizona governor acknowledged that every criticism of federal policy on immigration in her book, “Scorpions for Breakfast,” is aimed at President Barack Obama and his administration. Brewer is without mercy in her treatment of the Democratic incumbent.

But Brewer, whose book goes on sale Tuesday, said other presidents share in the failure to secure the borders. And that includes GOP icon Ronald Reagan.

“A lot of things got left out of the books because we were trying to tell the story of SB 1070 and the issue at hand,” the governor said. Brewer said she wanted the focus to be on her decision last year to sign what was billed as the toughest law aimed at illegal immigrants in the country and the challenge to it mounted by the Obama administration.

“But I’ve been on record saying when President Reagan tried to do what he did, he unfortunately didn’t deliver on the promise,” Brewer said.

That 1986 law included a promise of tighter border security and enhanced penalties for employers who knowingly hire undocumented workers. But it also said that any immigrant who could show he or she was in the country prior to 1982 could apply for legal status.

“The bottom line is, he granted amnesty to 3 or 4 million people,” Brewer said.

“And never were our borders secured,” the governor continued. “The issue was never contained.”

Brewer also said that, from her perspective, George W. Bush, Obama’s predecessor, showed little interest in stemming the flow of illegal immigrants across the southern border.

“They felt that we needed those illegals coming into our country to do jobs that Americans wouldn’t do,” she said of the Bush administration.

Brewer said it is possible that Bush may have been right, at least on the point of some jobs being so distasteful to U.S. citizens that foreign labor is needed.

“If there aren’t Americans that want to do those jobs, then we need to get some kind of provision enacted where we can get immigrants into the United States into the numbers that are required, keep track of them — and then return them back to their countries at the appropriate time after agricultural pickings are through,” Brewer said. “I’m not an international expert on that.”

Brewer’s new book also contains a confession of sorts: She didn’t exactly give the public the whole story last year after her meeting with Obama.

On emerging from the White House, the governor said she had “a very cordial discussion of what’s taking place in Arizona and dealing with the security of our border and illegal immigration into the state of Arizona and into America.”

Her book, however, paints a far different description.

“It was though President Obama thought he could lecture me, and I would learn at his knee,” the governor wrote, calling his tone “patronizing.”

“He thinks he can humor me and then get rid of me,” Brewer wrote.

Questioned about the different description, the governor said she did not lie.

“I mean, we weren’t yelling at one another, screaming at one another,” she said.

“But it was a pretty one-sided conversation,” Brewer said. “He was, I believe, condescending. And he was lecturing me about what we were going to do and how we were going to do it.”

Brewer said, though, she decided to hold her tongue — at least at time.

“It is because I was promised that he would get back with me, get in contact with me within two weeks, and I would have a report,” she said.

“And I thought that after our conversation that, possibly, there was hope,” Brewer said. “Maybe I was naive.”

The White House had no comment on Brewer’s book.

Obama did send a deputy national security adviser to Arizona several weeks later to provide some details on how the administration planned to deploy 1,200 National Guard soldiers in support roles along the border, with 524 of those in this state.


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The Obama Timelien author

I have the feeling Barry has not yet read The Obama Timeline.


@Brittanicus - Bloviate much?



Firstly American workers are suffering because of the unending flood of illegal aliens stealing jobs for decades. Now its cut-backs on health care for our most vulnerable--our Senior citizens. Our elderly population is under attack by the Joint Select committee of 12 prominent politicians from both sides of the chamber, which has the responsibility of reducing federal deficit by the November 23. Not getting into this insidious plan of why our politicians are so disposed to take away Health care to the American public, that’s even though they have paid into Social Security, since they began to work. Yet nonetheless the Congress is subsidizing the 20 million illegal alien’s access to Medicaid and in some cases Medicare? The Obama health law, enacted a new policy 18 months ago, to raid Medicare, towards funding new entitlements for low-income people, thus robbing our old inhabitants to spread the benefits, which includes the extreme poverty allowed into this sovereign country.

This contentious law reduces Medicare future funding by $575 billion over 10 years, and applying the majority of it of $10 Billion dollars to augment Medicaid enrollment and its entitlements. The Obamacare law transforms Medicaid from a provisional safety net to a permanent substitute. This absorbs private medical insurance to a mandatory equivalent. Therefore, Medicaid expenses will top $900 billion by 2020 of both federal and state subsidies, estimated to be the equivalent of Medicare. Less known is that in addition to expanding Medicaid, and opposite to the Obama administration guarantee, the new law allots billions of dollars to expand services chiefly for illegal aliens. This includes $11 billion for community health Clinics serving those not qualified for Medicaid. We have a growing, paramount occupation of the illegal invaders, who have been hired by criminal businesses countrywide. My question, without fear of contradiction why should senior’s health care be slashed to free up resources for persons, who have never paid anything into the fund?

This includes females who deliberately slip across our borders, or concealing that they are pregnant when arriving by international flights. That in itself covers around 300.000 annually, according to the Federation of American immigration Reform. Thay can immediately get free health care under false pretenses of an amendment that has been manipulated by Leftist judges. THESE INDIVIDUAL ILLEGAL FAMILIES ARE ALREADY CAUSING FINANCIAL ISSUES FOR AMERICAN FAMILIES IN REDUCING HEALTH CARE AND LOWERING OUR ONCE HIGH EDUCATIONAL STANDARDS, BY COURTS THAT ARE NOT FOLLOWING CONSTITUTIONAL LAW. THE LIBERAL PROGRESSIVES THINKS WE OWE THE WORLD A LIVING. THESE ECONOMIC MIGRANTS AND ILLEGAL FOREIGNERS HAVE BEEN ALLOWED TO STEAL FROM US BY SEROIUSLY FAULTED POLICIES.

Exhibiting their incompetence the Department of IN-Justice strong-armed different states, using the court system to force their own policies of what they claim is unconstitutional police laws. Arizona was essentially the first state to feel the wrath of judicial branch, followed by Alabama and Georgia. Each sovereign state’s main objective is to stop the occupation of ECONOMIC illegal aliens causing a major disruption in its public entitlement to its citizens and lawful residents. In connivance with the Communist founded ACLU, business concerns and the usual open border organizations, plus church and unions was to prosecute these ailing states. Without any relevant interest in the taxpayers tax extortion of every states, the DOJ is determined it is now time to buckle on the sword of menace and turning their radical attention on South Carolina. All these threatening postures will be remembered next November, when the TEA PARTY votes in force. The Obama administration keeps quiet that fiscal costs of education for the children and free health care for illegal families, is a—UNFUNDED MANDATE ON THE 50 STATES.

Cuts to Medicare are not about reducing federal spending, but about redistributing healthcare. This is because we are importing more and more poverty, when we cannot support our own poor.

If we are to prevent this unfettered flow of desperate illegal nationals from other countries, we must bring to the floor of the house ‘The Legal Workforce Act’. Rep. Smiths MANDATORY E-Verify can and will finally turn the stream of illegal alien labor into trickle, turning of the faucet off for jobs eventually. Without the foundation of work, families will no longer be able to settle, unless they live completely on handouts from crippled welfare sources churches or charity. Removing the 8.5 million jobs from people who have no right to be here, will release those jobs, so American workers can pay their bills. Complicity between politicians and the business lobbyists, open border entities, have brought the United States to this dismal, hapless chaos we are surrounded by. E-Verify in its own way can regenerate jobs for lawful hires, and accomplishes uncountable self-deportations. The failure of Reagan’s 1986 Amnesty plan has brought tremendous bloodshed from illegal drunken drivers, hard core criminals brought here through unresponsiveness and corrupt lawmakers; many still sit in Washington.

Each far-sighted American can alter the financial direction we are heading, in the midst of Obama’s redistribution of what legal residents have worked for all their lives. Undertake to call legislators relating to ‘THE LEGAL WORKFORCE ACT’ (Bill H.R. 2885.) Contact the WAYS & MEANS JUDICIAL COMMITTEE that can sponsor and expeditiously vote the law into reality. Don’t let this permanent law slip out of all Americans reach. Start a incessant bombardment of the House of Representative, beginning with majority Speaker of the House, John Boehner (R-OH) to get his fellow House Representatives of their unenthusiastic posteriors and sponsor Bill H.R. 2885. You can study more about the ‘Legal Workforce Act’ at the NumbersUSA website, which additionally gives you the current immigration records a grade for all the candidates in the GOP race for president. You can also send a free-fax through NumbersUSA or just please call your House Representative at the Congressional Switchboard phone number, who will switch you to the appropriate office at 202-224-3121.

Obama’s clan will do anything to win in 2012, including ignoring illegal aliens voting in the election. This has happened multiple times before, with the ACORN organization using inappropriate registrations and forged absentee ballots. The Tea Party will be involved in watching for irregularities in the general election.


@ SethCold: So, your using that old fallacy? Why is it, then, that with the MASS EXODUS of ILLEGAL ALIENS, when SB1070 become law, those jobs become filled by US CITIZENS? I've seen a change in the workforce first hand. So, your observation is just as wrong as when pro-ILLEGAL ALIEN supporters claim SB 1070 is racist.

It's time to stop beating your dead horse....


Jitsujunkie : you'd have a point if a single thing you was actually true, but it isn't. Which means you have no point.

Every claim made by Pearce and Brewer about immigrants has been largely shown to be false or misleading or a distortion. Whenever you base public policy on bad data, you get bad policy. That's why 21 out of the 25 states took a pass on SB1070 legislation this year. It doesn't work, won't work, and has never worked.

It takes a person of good character to admit they're wrong and just goes to show what type of characters we have in Brewer and Pearce.


jitsujunkie: the illegal aliens are only doing what the republicans have said for years. why do we need health insurance when you can get medical attention at any emergency room?


American's are a lazy bunch. They would rather be on food stamps than to have a man or woman do jobs that illegals would. Hand it over on a platter!


Sure abimopectore...such as the drain on our economy from the illigal aliens that are flooding our emergency rooms, receiving Medicaid, EBT (food stamps), not to mention the violent crime and drug traficking that endangers our citizens and law enforcement? And those not committing crimes here illegally, not paying taxes and sending any money they earn back to Mexico. At this rate, we'll be sneeking into Mexico looking for jobs! Dum& A&&.[wink]


Brewer said, “I’m not an international expert on that.”

She's not much of an expert on anything if you've followed her over the years. Like most politicians, she's trying to cash in on the temporary fame SB1070 has brought her and most likely has written another meaningless book given the contradictions/inconsistencies described by the article. Given the difficulties this state is in, it would be behoove the governor to concentrate on these issues instead of a book.

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