“How many times do people have to say, ‘secure our borders,’ and be rebuffed?”

Brewer said her Yuma border is “pretty secure” but “Tucson is a nightmare.”

“Arizona is the gateway, and the metrics are all wrong,” she said. “We don’t even know who is coming across. We don’t know how many times they’re coming back and forth, when they’re not counting the ones that are turned back around.

“Everybody that you talk to has different numbers: Border Patrol … Homeland Security … the sheriffs,” she added. “It’s the drug cartels that we live with … the drop houses, the extortion, the sex-slavery industry, the gangs fighting one another.”