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Old 10-19-2009, 09:29 AM
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Default Crimes by illegal crossers show decline

Crimes by illegal crossers show decline

By David Woodfill
The East Valley Tribune
Tucson, Arizona | Published: 10.15.2009

Crimes committed by illegal immigrants dropped by 18.5 percent from 2007 to 2008, thanks to law enforcement's hard line against those in the country unlawfully, Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas said this week.

A study by Thomas' office shows the number of illegal immigrants sentenced for felonies in Maricopa County Superior Court dropped from 4,731 in 2007 to 3,855 in 2008. That's an 18.5 percent drop. An 8 percent drop was also reported in overall reported crime, Thomas said.

Put another way, 18.7 percent of the people sentenced for felonies in Maricopa County Superior Court in 2007 were in the county illegally. In 2008, only 14 percent of that group were illegal immigrants.

"What we seem to be witnessing is a substantial reduction in the population of illegal immigrants in this county over the last two years," he said.
He pointed to a Center for Immigration Studies report released in July, which showed the population of illegal immigrants in the United States dropped nearly 14 percent, from 12.5 million in the summer of 2007 to 10.8 million in first quarter 2009. The study reportedly said Arizona led the nation with the biggest drop of illegal immigrants.

Alessandra Soler Meetze, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union's Arizona office, said Thomas is jumping to conclusions if he thinks crime rates are going down because of the heightened pursuit of immigration-law violators by his office and Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

"I just think that it's kind of difficult for him to make this link," she said, adding the sour economy and the possible ineffectiveness of the County Attorney's Office to successfully prosecute some cases may be factors.
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Now the Obama Administration has more reason than ever to break up this enforcement effort. It is having the worst possible result from their perspective -- it's working.
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