McCain: Gov. Brewer is standing up for Arizona

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Associated Press

Posted on June 28, 2010 at 4:00 AM

PHOENIX (AP) — U.S. Sen. John McCain says Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has done a good job in the debate over illegal immigration, but he doesn't agree with her that most people crossing the border illegally are smuggling drugs.

McCain, an Arizona Republican, made the comments Sunday during an appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press."

Brewer on Friday said most illegal immigrants entering Arizona are motivated by the prospect of finding work, but that drug cartels press them into transporting drugs across the border. Her office says most human smuggling into Arizona is under the direction of cartels.

McCain says he does think Brewer is right that the cartels' movement has increased.

The senator also says Brewer is standing up for Arizona and that the state deserves better security than what it's getting from the federal government.

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