"A marked drop in Phoenix-area crime coincides with the recession and a drop in the number of illegal immigrants in Arizona.
"Phoenix has seen a 25 percent decline in the number of crimes during the first five months of 2009 compared to the same time period in 2007 when the economy began to slow. Violent crime in Phoenix is down 12 percent, according crime statistics from the Phoenix Police Department.
"The Mesa Police Department reports a 19 percent decrease in total crimes for the first half of 2009 versus the first half of 2007, including a 10 percent drop in violent crime. Tempe has seen a 25 percent total drop.
"At the same time, the state’s illegal immigrant population has decreased by as much as one-third thanks to the down U.S. economy, tougher enforcement polices by the federal government and Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, as well as the state’s employer sanctions law which goes after businesses who hire undocumented workers, said Steven Camarota, director of the Center for Immigration Studies.
"CIS estimates Arizona’s illegal immigrant population has gone from 579,000 in 2007 to 388,000 this year — 191,000-person drop."
Thanks to rob_92183 on the Journal Times site for providing the above link.
Of course, just because someone is willing to break the law to enter this country doesn't mean that they're willing to break the law, right? Up is down and black is white and illegal is legal. Don't let logic or common sense get in the way of critical thought.
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