Jan Brewer on Drugs
Don't sacrifice safety to murderous thugs of drug cartels
She had always taken a hard stance against illegal immigration, advocating the construction of a fence along the border and refusing state benefits to illegal immigrants, but her resolve seemed to harden further as she signed the bill during a small
ceremony on April 23, 2010. She stood at the podium surrounded by Republican colleagues who flashed her the thumbs-up while she reiterated her case: Arizona had an estimated 460,000 illegal immigrants, five times the number it had in 1990.
Drug violence had worsened in Mexico and spilled across the border. Phoenix suffered an average of one kidnapping a day, the most of any US city. More than 6,000 illegal immigrants were jailed in Arizona, costing the state about
$150 million a year.
"We cannot sacrifice our safety to the murderous greed of drug cartels," Brewer said at the bill-signing ceremony. "We cannot stand idly by as drop houses, kidnappings, and violence compromise our quality of life."
Source: Ten Letters, by Eli Saslow, p.150
, Oct 11, 2011
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