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Proving the AZ anti-immigrant bill's sponsor a liar in under 60 seconds

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After I dropped my daughter off at school this morning, I heard on NPR the Republican state representative in Arizona who sponsored the state’s new draconian anti-immigrant law claiming that boycotts against the state would be ineffectual because once people saw how much safer Arizona would become with fewer undocumented aliens as a result of the new law, tourists would return.

I really wish members of the media wouldn’t allow fact-free assertions such as this to go unchallenged; it took me less than 60 seconds—I knew it would be easy, so I timed it—to disprove this elected official’s lie.

Here are the links:

While the undocumented alien population doubled, crime went down.

Crime rates are lowest in the states with the highest immigration rates. (pdf)

Native-born men ages 18-39 commit crimes at a rate 1/5 of immigrants. (pdf)

Do some homework, NPR. Letting this kind of thing pass creates false impressions in your listeners, which is the opposite of what you’re supposed to be doing as a news organization.

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Written by ptullis

April 30, 2010 at 12:05 pm

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