Former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, a Republican, supported comments made by GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump on immigration, noting her state “had to deal with a lot of things” while she was in charge of the Grand Canyon State.
“I believe that Mr. Trump is kind of telling it like it really, truly is,” Brewer told CNN’s Don Lemon Wednesday. “You know, being the governor [of Arizona], the gateway of illegal immigration for six years, we had to deal with a lot of things.” Brewer served as governor from 2009 to 2015, filling the unexpired term of Democrat Janet Napolitano, who left her post to join the Obama administration as the United States Secretary of Homeland Security.
I think that the people of Arizona realize that we picked up the tab for the majority of the violence that comes across to our border with regards to the drug cartels, the smugglers, the drop houses. It has been horrendous. And, of course, they come through Arizona and therefore, end up in other states and go throughout the country.
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“I think everybody knows that he’s right in regards to that — the coming across our border,” Brewer continued. Lemon later showed Brewer a clip of Trump telling Anderson Cooper, who was on the network the previous hour, that Mexico habitually sends people like Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, the illegal immigrant charged with the murder of Kathryn Steinle, across the southern border. The host asked Brewer if Trump should “change his tone,” but the former governor conceded she has not heard everything Trump has said.
I just know what I have lived through, being resident and governor of the State of Arizona. That we have a horrendous problem. And we’ve got an illegal immigration problem in our country. And I think the people overwhelmingly understand and realize that. And we have to find a solution, and that solution is getting our border secured so we can deal with the other issues.
h/t: Right Wing News
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