Just when you thought the illegal immigration issue in Arizona couldn't get any weirder, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has started a rumor that most illegal Mexican immigrants are smuggling drugs across the border into her state. That would presumably be when they're not busy decapitating Arizona citizens.
"We all know that the majority of the people that are coming to Arizona and trespassing are now become drug mules," Gov. Jan Brewer told the Arizona Republic. "They're coming across our borders in huge numbers. The drug cartels have taken control of the immigration."
Brewer made similar remarks during a televised debate last week between Arizona's four Republican gubernatorial candidates.
When one of Brewer's opponents suggested the majority of people illegally crossing the border do so to feed their families, Brewer shot back: "They're coming here and they're bringing drugs!"
Brewer's unsupported accusations are generating outcries that her claims are both inaccurate and racist.
University of Arizona history professor Dr. Oscar Martinez challenged Brewer to produce statistics to back up her claims.
"If she has no data and 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."
A large number of immigration scholars, advocates and experts say that Brewer’s blanket claim is nothing but a politically-motivated lie designed to frighten voters into choosing her as their savior.
A spokesman for the U.S. Border Patrol dismissed Brewer's wild claims as not supported by fact. Not even the union of the Border Patrol agents supports the Governor's claims.
Crime rates in Arizona's border towns have been flat for the past 10 years, the Arizona Republic reports, even as drug violence in Mexico intensified.
The president of the Border Patrol union added that since drug charges carry stiffer penalties, few illegal immigrants who are trying to find work are willing to take the risk of hard prison time for drug smuggling. "The majority of people continue to come across in search of work, not to smuggle drugs" agent T.J. Bonner said.
In April, Brewer signed SB 1070 law which allows local law enforcement to question a person's immigration status if they think that person is in the U.S. illegally.
Arizona's controversial immigration law is scheduled to take effect July 29, 2010.
By ThosPayne /11/10 07:30 PM