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Sunday, June 27, 2010
Idiot of the Day - Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer
Wow, that is a pretty harsh accusation. And that is why the statement earns Ms. Brewer the title "idiot of the day."
T.J. Bonner, president of the union that represents Border Patrol agents, told CNN that Brewer's comments, don't "comport with reality -- that's the nicest way to put it."
Jaime Farrant of the Tucson-based Border Action Network told Fox News that he has "no evidence" that most people are entering to smuggle drugs, while Mexican Senator Jesus Ramon Valdes, who represents the Mexican border state of Coahuila, said the comments were racist and ignorant.
"Traditionally, migrants have always been needy, humble people who in good faith go looking for a way to better the lives of their families," Ramon Valdes told Fox News.
So what is her defense? Late on Friday, Brewer issued a statement defending her comments. The statement cited a report by the Los Angeles Times that highlighted the increasing roles of Mexican drug cartels in the business of smuggling people into the United States. Brewer added that "many federal government reports have drawn the same conclusions."
Even her defense is weak. It is one thing to say the people involved in smuggling may have links to crime, it is another to say "most" illegal immigrants enter the US to smuggle drugs. Pure xenophobia. It appears Ms. Brewer will say anything, truthful or not.