Before SB1070, Mexican tourists accounted for nearly a quarter of tourism spending in the Grand Canyon State…..Her chances at another term began to sour back in February 2010 after she voted for a controversial sales tax increase…..“If she didn’t sign 1070 she would have had zero chance to become the Republican governor,” says Bruce Merrill, a professor emeritus of political science at Arizona State University.
Crime in Arizona is at its lowest level in recent years. FBI statistics show a drop in crime from 2008 to 2009 in nearly every county in Arizona. The greater Phoenix area — which has been labeled “the kidnapping capital of the U.S.” — had the most drastic decrease, registering 20 percent fewer incidents of violent crime over that period
In light of the report’s findings, furor surrounding “anchor babies” seems ill-timed. Yet, amid a crippling recession and in an election year, immigration remains a hot-button issue. Measures similar to SB1070 are gaining popularity in other states.