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Old 06-26-2010, 09:53 AM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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PHOENIX Gov. Jan Brewer said Friday that most illegal immigrants entering Arizona are being used to transport drugs across the border, an assertion that critics slammed as exaggerated and racist.

Ariz. governor: Most illegal immigrants smuggling drugs - U.S. news - Immigration: A Nation Divided - msnbc.com
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Old 06-26-2010, 06:26 PM
 
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People are going to be mad about this, lol. They're gonna call her racist and be like, "Why is she being racist towards Hispanics?" That was my first thought when I read the article that people would be mad and say that she is targeting Hispanics.
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Old 06-26-2010, 08:30 PM
 
Location: Spokane via Sydney,Australia
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Hmmm, she said "illegal immigrants", where did she specify their race? As I understand it, quite a few illegals come across the Mexican border that are not hispanic (or even from Mexico).

Who's racist?
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Old 06-26-2010, 08:37 PM
 
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She's not wrong. With the economy circling the drain, fewer illegal aliens looking for work are jumping the borders. More and more dangerous criminals are crossing the borders. We need to secure our borders now!
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Old 06-26-2010, 08:45 PM
 
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Many legislators aim to copy Ariz. immigration law - U.S. news - Immigration: A Nation Divided - msnbc.com

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"I believe today, under the circumstances that we're facing, that the majority of the illegal trespassers that are coming into the state of Arizona are under the direction and control of organized drug cartels and they are bringing drugs in," Brewer said.

"There's strong information to us that they come as illegal people wanting to come to work. Then they are accosted and they become subjects of the drug cartel," she said.

Sen. Jesus Ramon Valdes, a member of the Mexican senate northern border affairs commission, called Brewer's comments racist and irresponsible.
Heh, I knew it! They'll call racism. I don't know though, I don't understand why Brewer would say "most." I'd like to know what made her feel that way. I know that drugs are obviously an issue, but "most" illegal immigrants?
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Old 06-26-2010, 08:55 PM
 
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Don't you just love the overused race card? It may work in Europe to bog and stifle debate down, but not here
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Old 06-26-2010, 08:58 PM
 
Location: Missouri
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For those of you who don't know how it the whole smuggled across the border thing usually works I will try to help. The going price to be escorted across the border is around $2500, just a couple of years ago it was around $500. Once this fee is paid the coyotes escort the illegals across the border and normally to the Phoenix area. They are walking not driving so it usually takes 5 day. Once in Phoenix if they are paid in full they get to go free. If they are not paid up the coyotes look to friends and family for the money while they hold them in drop houses.
Option #2 is used if they can't pay. The coyotes will have them carry drugs across the border. Usually escorted by a couple of armed coyotes to the Phoenix area. Once they make it to Phoenix they are free to go.

So Jan Brewer could be correct if you consider carrying drugs across the border a crime. Most the the illegals I know don't have $2500 to spare.
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Old 06-26-2010, 09:33 PM
 
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jambini, thanks for the input. That certainly gives a sobering view.

You're right, $2500 is hard for an illegal alien to have with only clothes on their back.
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Old 06-26-2010, 09:55 PM
 
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And if I remember all those NatGeo documentaries I watched, I believe it is in US dollars and not Mexican pesos. So with that, their only option is to smuggle drugs into the US
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Old 06-26-2010, 10:02 PM
 
Location: Oklahoma(formerly SoCalif) Originally Mich,
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There are hundereds of videos showing illegals backpacks filled with drugs. Even the BP has videos opened on busts eposing drugs.
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