Brewer Says She's Ready for Potential Federal Court Challenge Over Immigration Law

Bring it on.

That's the attitude Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer is taking toward the possibility that the Obama administration could file a legal challenge to her state's immigration law.

"We'll meet you in court," she said in an interview Tuesday. "I have a pretty good record of winning in court."

Attorney General Eric Holder has said the Department of Justice may challenge the law, which President Obama has called "misguided." Brewer has staunchly defended the policy -- which makes illegal immigration a state crime -- and is expected to meet with the president Thursday, a White House official told

The White House confirmed the meeting following criticism over reports that Obama would not be able to meet with her while she is in Washington this week. Brewer is in Washington for a meeting with nine other governors appointed by Obama to deal with homeland security issues -- she attended that meeting Wednesday morning.

Brewer had requested separate face time with Obama and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, the former Arizona governor, as tensions rose between his administration and the Grand Canyon State over its controversial law.

The White House denies that Obama snubbed Brewer, saying there initially were some scheduling issues this week that have been resolved.

"This administration has dedicated unprecedented resources over the past 16 months to fulfill the federal government's responsibility to secure the Southwest Border," a White House official told Fox News. "The president looks forward to discussing those efforts and other matters of mutual interest with Governor Brewer."

The Arizona law requires state law enforcement to try to verify the immigration status of anyone they suspect of being an illegal immigrant provided they don't stop them for that reason alone.

Brewer, speaking on CNN Tuesday, said the law does not racially discriminate.

The meeting between her and Obama comes after Justice Department officials told Arizona's attorney general and aides to the governor Friday that the federal government has serious reservations about the state's new immigration law.

Arizona state Sen. Russell Pearce, a Republican who helped draft Arizona's SB 1070, had earlier criticized the president over initial reports that he would not meet with Brewer to discuss the policy.

"He's willing to have a beerfest with an officer in Cambridge after he misspoke," Pearce told Fox News on Tuesday, referring to a photo-op the president held last summer after he incited a feud over the bias of a police officer who arrested a black professor at the front door to his home.

"He misspoke on this bill also and he's not willing to meet with the governor of the state of Arizona?" Pearce said.

Obama has blasted Arizona's immigration law, which takes effect July 29, and warned that it could violate civil rights and lead to racial profiling.

The White House has indicated that it's prepared to go to court if necessary in a bid to block the new law.

The Associated Press contributed to this report