SB1070 Better for Governor Than for Business

Arizona's law requiring police to check the citizenship status of those they suspect of being in the U.S. illegally has done wonders the state's governor — and for reducing cross-border trade. Full Story »

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Michael Shaver
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by Michael Shaver - Oct. 30, 2010

This was interesting, for me most of the information on this issue has been presented coming from one side or the other using convoluted logic and contorted arguments that don't speak to the facts but the emotions involved in this issue.

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.

Most of the articles I have read have focused on the criminal aspect of this issue, now we see outside of the publicized boycotts there has been other measurable economic damage. It also shows an instance of political damage control by using misdirection or what I would consider a bait and switch tactic.

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

The article also points out the perils of trust without verification. If you make the decision to accept your information from one source, in this case Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, you would more than likely make the assumption that the border towns in Arizona were lawless outpost with rising crime rates.

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.

This last quote demonstrates the power of the media and how the decision to report specific issues can change the political temperature of the country.

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