Jan Brewer Praises Alabama Immigration Law

Jan Brewer, governor of Arizona.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, while visiting Huntsville, Ala. Friday, praised the state's controversial immigration law passed in June.

Brewer, 67, blamed the "liberal media" for the negative view of Arizona's own Senate Bill 1070, whose most controversial measure required police to conduct immigration status checks on suspects at routine traffic stops. But "that's totally untrue," she said at a news conference at the Huntsville Marriott. "The bottom line is we have to explain to people we are a nation of laws."

A federal appeals court blocked that measure in Arizona's law, but a different court left the portion of Alabama's law in place. The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has stayed some parts of Alabama's law, but not its most controversial, including making it a felony for illegal immigrants to conduct state business, The Huntsville Times reported.

Brewer said she was encouraged by the Alabama legislature's passing the law, later signed by Gov. Robert Bentley.

Arizona is now asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear an appeal of the lower court's decision, and will know whether the court will take it up by year's end. She said it is consistent with previous federal law.

Brewer also took time to promote her book "Scorpions for Breakfast," due out Nov. 1, which she says sets things straight. "I was implored to write a book because we didn't believe that the liberal media and the cynical politicos out there were getting the message straight to the people," she told Huntsville's WHNT TV. "They said, 'Tell the truth Jan,' and I am a truth teller, so yes, I think it's important the American people hear the story about what happened in Arizona, straight from the horse's mouth, and I tell it like it is."
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