Gov. Jan Brewer said Friday that most illegal immigrants entering Arizona are being used to transport drugs across the border, an assertion that critics painted as exaggerated and racist.
Brewer said the motivation of a lot of illegal immigrants is to enter the United States to look for work, but that drug rings press most illegal border-crossers into duty as drug mules.
Brewer's office issued a statement later Friday in response to news reports on her comments. Brewer's statement said most human smuggling into Arizona is under the direction of drug cartels, which her office says ''are by definition smuggling drugs.''