Migrant deaths have dropped 38 percent on the Arizona border. Illegal immigrant apprehensions have dropped 44 percent. At this pace, migrant deaths in the Tucson sector, the busiest in the U.S., will fall to their lowest level in years. In the Yuma sector, there was only one migrant death this year. Although one death is too many, these figures are evidence that the border with Mexico is more secure than ever.
The nation continues a 15-year declinein crime with the 100 largest metropolitan areas experiencing a 21 percent drop in violent crime between 1990 and 2008. Murder, sexual assault, robbery, burglary, auto theft have all taken large double-digit declines. With the continued sharp drop, even through the recession, criminologists are baffled. Some even ask if the decrease in crime is due to immigration.
There were 11.2 illegal immigrants living in the U.S. in 2010, about the same as in 2009. Something has to be done to reconcile this situation, and only a fool would think we can deport all of them. And why would we want to considering many of the immigrants are holding necessary jobs and paying taxes. The studyby Pew Research found that Mexicans, 58 percent of the total are not leaving the country, prompting more calls for immigration reform.
It’s time for you anti-immigration extremists to face up to the facts, and stop making Arizona look like the most unfriendly state in the U.S. Instead, we should force Congress and the White House to secure the border so those coming through are legal, and set up a reasonable system of amnesty for the 11.2 million already here.