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Scorpions for Breakfast
My Fight Against Special Interests, Liberal Media, and Cynical Politicos to Secure America's Border
Jan Brewer

Nov 1, 2011 / ISBN 0062106392
Non-fiction / Bio / Government / Politics / Border Control

Reviewed by Eilse Cooper

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer’s book, Scorpions for Breakfast, allows readers to gain an in-depth understanding of why illegal immigration should not be allowed in this country. The theme of the book, “doing the right thing always means doing the hard thing,” is apparent throughout, whether fighting for a balanced budget, defending SB 1070, or having to endure abusive personal attacks. She was kind enough to give an interview about her book.

The book starts out with the governor explaining her decision to sign SB 1070 and how she wanted to make sure that it would stand up to a constitutional litmus test as well as making sure a person’s civil rights were not violated. She noted that the book was written because “everywhere I traveled people asked me to tell my story. This is a wake-up call. I was inclined to put my thoughts down on paper to get the truth out there. The bottom line is that I felt by writing the book I could vindicate the people of Arizona and the people of America.”

Since she has become the face and voice for those opposing illegal immigration, Brewer has had to deal with continuous insulting rhetoric -- as described in her book -- names such as “Hitler’s daughter,” and “Satan’s whore.” When asked about this she commented, “The mass media continues to make cheap accusations to shut down the debate. They have added fuel to the fire with their hysterical name-calling. We were hopeful we might see some civility regarding this issue but it has not happened. It has only gotten worse, in my opinion. Cardinal Mahony, the Archbishop of Los Angeles, was one of the first to throw out the Hitler card. I thought ‘are you kidding me, how outrageous?’”

In the book she goes into great detail explaining how the Obama administration has decided to take legal action against Arizona, stating federal law usurps states’ rights. They have filed a brief opposing the state’s proof-of-citizenship requirement to vote, suing over the legality of SB 1070, pursuing attrition, and questioning the E-verify provision, which the supreme court ruled was legal. She pointed out during the interview that “other states are moving forward with this type of legislation. The Federal government needs to stand up and do their job. There are signs in our desert telling Americans to travel at their own risk. If there is trouble call 9-1-1, who does he (the President) think are answering the 9-1-1 calls; it’s the state.”

An interesting point made in the book was that Congressman Ted Poe (R-TX) had both Attorney General Eric Holder and Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, under oath, admit they had not read the bill. She quotes the Congressman as saying, “It’s ten pages. It’s a lot shorter than the health-care bill, which was 2,000 pages long…” The governor directly commented, “Even though they have not read the bill they are criticizing it. Isn’t it outrageous, and for them to admit it. Eric Holder, Janet Napolitano, with the support of the President of the US acted like they knew all about it. They took everything out of context.”

The governor acknowledges that the biggest criticism against Arizona’s enforcement against illegal immigrants is the civil rights issue. She chronicles, in the book, how SB 1070 does not violate a person’s civil rights since a person must have committed a violation of the law first, and the police officer must have reasonable suspicion that the person is illegal. To make sure that 1070 was implemented in a non-discriminatory manner, she signed an executive order “requiring that every police officer in the state be trained in the provisions of the law and specifically forbidding racial profiling.”

A thought-provoking section of the book is where she explains how illegal immigration is hurting Americans. Illegal immigrants in Arizona do not receive welfare benefits, in-state tuition, child-care assistance, and cannot be hired by businesses. This enables only American citizens to be a part of the benefit pool, and they don’t have to compete with the illegal immigrants.

She also wrote a heartfelt section on what illegal immigrants have to go through - - something ignored by the mass media. The drug cartels are turning the poor aliens, trying to come across the border, into mules by forcing each crosser to carry a backpack containing 50 to 60 pounds of marijuana across the desert where the sun is relentless and the water nonexistent. In the book, she also talks about the “drop houses,” where illegals that had connections in America are placed in a boarded-up room. The kidnappers demand payment in exchange for the immigrant’s life, convincing the relative by having them listen on the phone as the men were beaten and begged for their lives.

Brewer frustratingly stated in the interview, “The mass media doesn’t write about those things, which are happening on a daily basis. We are in a crisis of violence, human greed, and desperation. Our citizens are the recipients of the drop houses. Talk about civil rights; do they care about innocent people having drop houses in their neighborhoods with the abuse and extortion?”

Scorpions for Breakfast is a well-written, informative message to Americans that illegal immigration should not be tolerated. Governor Brewer is a politician who steps up to the plate to do what is right for Arizona and America. She commented, “right now I am working very hard to be the best Governor I can be for the people of Arizona.” America needs more leaders like Jan Brewer who will do the right thing, even when it is the hard thing to do.

Reviewed 2011
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