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Brewer: Most illegal immigrants are drug mules

Gov. Jan Brewer said the majority of illegal immigrants coming into Arizona are being used as drug mules by cartels.

“We all know that the majority of the people that are coming to Arizona and trespassing are now becoming drug mules,” Brewer told reporters on June 25 following a speech at a Korean War commemoration ceremony. “The drug cartels have taken control of the immigration and illegal trespassing that we are seeing in the state of Arizona.”

Many illegal immigrants depart for the United States looking only for work, she said, but end up under the control of cartels.

“They are criminals. They’re breaking the law when they’re trespassing and they’re criminals when they pack the marijuana and the drugs on their backs,” she said.

Brewer’s remarks on the subject were an elaboration on comments she made during a June 15 debate between the four Republican candidates for governor. Candidate Matt Jette, who supported comprehensive immigration reform with a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants, said during the debate that most of the people who cross illegally into Arizona are “just trying to feed their families.”

In response, Brewer told Jette that the majority are not coming into the country to work. “We are a nation of laws and they’re coming across our border illegally,” she said to Jette.

A spokesman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said the agency did not keep statistics on the percentage of illegal border crossers who are apprehended with drugs.

4 comments

  1. We need to drop the categorization “illegal immigrant”, because it’s really just a polite term that white people like to use instead of saying “I hate hispanics”. This fabricated problem we have is a result of White America’s attempt to control immigration in their very unAmerican way.

    Open Visas and a free trade zone would decrease crime, increase tax revenue and cut government spending. Almost a fantasy considering current racist efforts to increase spending, undocument migrants and waste tax payer money on policing people we don’t need protection from.

    Of course, this is only the opinion of a Asian New Yorker. Not the uneducated marginalized welfare receiving angry white dude who are more passionate about their racist antics.

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