Beauprez: Immigrants Cause Of Drugs

Immigration might be a hot topic this election season, but some candidates are cashing in better than others.

With polls projecting a 19-point lead for Democratic candidate Bill Ritter in the governor’s race, Republican challenger Bob Beauprez lashed out against all things immigrant yesterday. Speaking in front of an audience at the Macedonia Baptist Church in North Denver, Beauprez reportedly said that immigrants were responsible for trafficking drugs.

From the Denver Post:

“Illegal immigrants are crowding your schools. Where are the drugs coming from? They’re taking jobs for $4 or $5 an hour when you can’t get anyone to talk to you,” he said.

Freudian slip or a calculated campaign maneuver? Either way, there’s no denying that things aren’t looking good for Beauprez. 

Erin Rosa was born in Spain and raised in Colorado Springs. She is a freelance writer currently living in Denver. Rosa's work has been featured in a variety of news outlets including the Huffington Post, Democracy Now!, and the Rocky Mountain Chronicle, an alternative-weekly in Northern Colorado where she worked as a columnist covering the state legislature. Rosa has received awards from the Society of Professional Journalists for her reporting on lobbying and woman's health issues. She was also tapped with a rare honorable mention award by the Newspaper Guild-CWA's David S. Barr Award in 2008--only the second such honor conferred in its nine-year history--for her investigative series covering the federal government's Supermax prison in the state. Rosa covers the labor community, corrections, immigration and government transparency matters. She can be reached at

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