Arizona governor pens memoir on immigration battle

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Arizona Governor Jan Brewer enters a news conference following a hearing over the state's SB1070 immigration law at the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, California November 1, 2010. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer enters a news conference following a hearing over the state's SB1070 immigration law at the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, California November 1, 2010.

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PHOENIX (Reuters) - Arizona's Republican Governor Jan Brewer is penning a tell-all memoir about the controversial state crackdown on illegal immigration she signed into law last year, according to her publisher.

The book, titled "Scorpions For Breakfast: My Fight Against Special Interests, Liberal Media and Cynical Politicos to Secure America's Border," is scheduled to be published in November by Broadside Books, a conservative imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

In it, Brewer, 66, will offer her account of the battle over the get-tough measure she signed in April 2010, which sought to drive nearly half-a-million illegal immigrants out of the state and stem smuggling over the Mexico border.

Dubbed "SB 1070," the law required police to investigate the immigration status of anyone they detained and suspected of being in the country illegally, although key provisions were stayed by a federal judge before it took effect last July.

It nevertheless drew up battle lines over illegal immigration nationally, and pitched the state into an ongoing legal battle with Washington that is still making its way through the federal appellate courts.

It "will describe my ongoing fight to provide security for our citizens and to defeat those who profit and grow more powerful by refusing to secure our borders," Brewer said in a statement.

She will write the book with Jessica Gavora, a writer who has worked for former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich and U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft, the publisher said. No financial details of the book deal were available.

Earlier this week, Brewer announced she would take the fight to have SB 1070 fully implemented to the U.S. Supreme Court, after a federal judge's stay on key provisions was upheld by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in April.

(Editing by Tim Gaynor and Jerry Norton)

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