Friday, June 25, 2010

Gov. Jan Brewer: Absurd Fearmongering

Posted By on Fri, Jun 25, 2010 at 3:41 PM

Gov. Jan Brewer has been under fire for saying this about illegal immigrants during the gubernatorial debate:

The majority of them in my opinion and I think in the opinion of law enforcement is that they are not coming here to work. They are coming here and they’re bringing drugs. And they’re doing drop houses and they’re extorting people and they’re terrorizing the families.

The Arizona Guardian caught up with Brewer to ask her to clarify her comments. Her new spin, as you can watch above, is that migrant workers get turned into drug mules by the coyotes working for cartels.

It's certainly true that the drug cartels are increasingly involved in smuggling people across the border. And the cartels have the leverage to turn illegal immigrants into low-level drug mules.

But it's nothing more than fearmongering to say that the majority of people entering this country illegally don't want work, but instead want plan to take up lives of crime revolving around drugs and kidnapping.

But hey: She told Fox News that Arizona has been under "terrorist attacks" from immigrants, too.

Update: The Guardian reports that Brewer's staff now says she "misspoke" and has had "missteps" with the numbers.

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