Jan Brewer: Most Illegals Running Drugs

And most Arizona governors are racist, say critics

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff | Suggested by ILikeMyDogMoreThnU

Posted Jun 26, 2010 8:12 AM CDT

(Newser) – While "a lot" of illegals hopping over Mexico's border into Arizona are looking for work, most are running drugs for cartels, says Gov. Jan Brewer in comments yesterday that elicited a chorus of critics who slammed her for everything from political posturing to racism. "I believe today, that the majority of the illegal trespassers are under the control of organized drug cartels and they are bringing drugs in," Brewer said.

Brewer's office later backpedaled, saying most human smuggling is run by drug rings, which "are by definition smuggling drugs." Malarkey, one Mexican senator tells the AP: "Traditionally, migrants have been needy, humble people who in good faith go looking for a way to better the lives of their families." Border Patrol acknowledged some illegals are carrying drugs, but that most "drug smuggling is done by people who intend to do that. That's their livelihood." AG Terry Goddard, Brewer's presumptive Democratic opponent, said Brewer "does not understand the difference between illegal immigration and the organized criminals who are members of the violent drug cartels who pose a very a real danger."

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer attends a ceremony commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the start of the Korean War, Friday, June 25, 2010, in Phoenix.   (Ross D. Franklin)
In this June 15, 2010 file photo, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer speaks in Phoenix.   (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer joins other Republican candidates for governor during a debate, Tuesday, June 15, 2010, in Phoenix.   (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer speaks to reporters outside the White House in Washington, Thursday, June 3, 2010, after a private meeting with President Obama.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
Republican Gov. Jan Brewer hasn't had a controversy-free time of it lately.   (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
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That governor is racist and she has to look for a way to harm the image of migrants before American society and mainly before the people of Arizona. - Francisco Loureiro, runs a migrant shelter in Nogales

If (Gov. Brewer) is just mouthing off for political reasons, as I believe she is doing, then she must apologize to the people of Arizona for lying to them so blatantly. - Oscar Martinez, University of Arizona history professor

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