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Arizona's Republican governor, Jan Brewer, would have you believe that Arizona is the repeated victim of terrorism at the hands of marauding illegal immigrant gangs.
"Arizona has been under terrorist attacks, if you will, with all of this illegal immigration that has been taking place on our very porous border," Brewer told a Fox News anchor earlier this month.
But a new analysis by ABC News based on numbers alone suggests that the situation is almost the reverse of what its Republican critics allege.
The number of illegal immigrants apprehended along the border, which CBP uses to gauge the flow of migrants, is down nearly 55 percent from 2005. The agency captured 540,865 last year.
* Immigration and Customs Enforcement detained and deported a record 387,790 unauthorized immigrants across the U.S. in 2009, and is on pace to set a new record in 2010.
* More than 646 miles of the border are protected by fence, according to Customs and Border Protection.
* The growing number of deportations comes as the overall size of the U.S. illegal immigrant population -- 62 percent of which hails from Mexico -- continues to decline. The U.S. unauthorized population in 2009 was 10.8 million, down from 11.8 million in 2007.
Originally posted by webpirate
I have said from the very beginning that this is nothing but an attempt to run Hispanics in general out of Arizona in a very similar fashion to the South oppressing Blacks for so long. Arizona is just trying to take an easy way out by deporting as many as possible and harassing ALL of the rest....
[edit on 20-5-2010 by webpirate]
From the ABC:
Last year, 417 immigrants were found dead near the border, compared to 390 in 2008 and 298 in 2007, according to the Border Patrol.
"Violence is on the Mexican side, like it's breathing on us," said Estrada, whose county has 50 miles of border with Mexico. "But the [Santa Cruz] county is very safe as a whole. If there's any violence here, it's in the rural areas and canyons& There are probably a lot of things going on we're not aware of."
More death, and violence is on the decline? oh, I see, its on the Mexican side...
[edit on 20-5-2010 by bakadesu]
The killings last month in the Mexican border town of Ciudad Juarez of two U.S. citizens, including an employee at the city's U.S. Consulate, along with the slaying of an Arizona rancher, have fueled concerns among U.S. officials that Americans are becoming fair game for Mexican drug gangs seeking control of smuggling routes into the United States.