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Latino Daily News

Saturday June 26, 2010

Can AZ Governor Brewer Prove “Majority of Illegal Trespassers are Bringing Drugs In”?

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer in discussing her state’s SB 1070 law stated, “We all know that the majority of the people that are coming to Arizona and trespassing are now becoming drug mules”.  The obvious implication is that the majority of illegal immigrants bring drugs as their higher purpose for entering the U.S. versus seeking a job and a better life. 

The problem with a statement such as this, is proof is needed so as not to simply be an incendiary blooper but thus far the statement has not been validated by Governor’s Brewer’s office.  Nor does the “we all know” include the union that represents the Border Patrol officers, Immigration and Customs Enforcement or human rights groups.  None of these agency’s or organizations are standing by the Governor’s statement. 

After receiving mounting criticism she attempted to defend her statements by citing a media outlet’s report and alluded to “many federal government reports” as to which reports those are remain unclear.  Nonetheless, the Governor stands by her statement even if she stands alone.

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