I can't help but comment on Arizona Governor Jan Brewer's following statement:
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.
Her argument is ignorant, fact-free, and irresponsible. There is no, and I mean no, evidence to support it. We do know that as immigration has gone up, crime has gone down. We also know that recent immigrants are less likely to commit crimes. In sum, the opposite of what she claims.
This leads me to wonder, does she really believe it? If so, it shows an alarming lack of interest in understanding immigration. If not, it is potentially a) a political bone for her base; and b) a message to the Obama administration that it needs to help her politically with enforcement. A letter she sent to Obama at least suggests the possibility of the second option:
I want to assure you that I am looking to develop a solution, not a standoff with you and the federal government.
Feigned ignorance is not good, but slightly better than the real thing.
For more on this, see also Steven Taylor at OTB.