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Arizona’s 1070

September 12, 2010 12 comments

I keep hearing over and over that the main reason that has pushed Arizona to take immigration matters into their own hands is the “soaring crime in border states”.  Being the nerd that I am, I have decided to do some research and this is what I came up with:

  • Violent crime rates in Arizona are at their lowest point since 1983
  • Property crime rates in the last few years were the lowest since 1968
  • Violent and property crime rates in New Mexico, Texas and California dropped from 1998 through 2008

Another claim that i have heard is that there have been headless bodies found in the desert and John McCain has stated that Arizona is the second kidnapping capital in the world. Those articles will show you those claims are complete false.

Yet another claim made by Arizona’s Republican leadership is that illegal immigration is “out of control”.  Here’s what the New York Times had to say about that:

But the rate of violent crime at the border, and indeed across Arizona has been declining, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as has illegal immigration, according to the Border Patrol…

“If an illegal immigrant commits a crime, this confirms our view that illegal immigrants are criminals.”  Ms. Gans said. “If an illegal immigrant doesn’t commit a crime, either they just didn’t get caught or it’s a fluke of the situation.”

“Their repeated characterization of illegal immigrants as criminals – easy to do since they broke immigration laws – makes it easy for people to ignore statistics.”

The statistics send me back to the drawing board.  If crime is down, and illegal immigration is down, then what’s the urgent matter that drove Arizona to take immigration reform into their own hands?  What do you think? Leave a comment and let me know your theory.

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Miami

September 7, 2010 1 comment

Gloria Estefan receiving flowers for her birth...

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It was quite fitting that right after making a post about “Hispanicness” I spent the weekend in Miami.  Miami was always on the list of places I wanted to visit.  I had heard that there were many Latinos in Miami, making it basically little Cuba.  And of course, it is the hometown of my favorite singer, Gloria Estefan, so that was extra motivation to go.

And the city did not fail to entertain!  Although it was hotter than Satan’s armpit and I felt I was reliving the 40 year long voyage of the Israelites through the desert to the promised land when walking for a block, I found refuge in the water as the beach was amazing and the water temperature was exquisite – great way to cool off (and all the stores we stopped to “shop” at).

But partying we did! There were bars of all kinds and sizes.  Some I didn’t like, but some that I really loved!  Among them, of course was Bongos Cuban Café, Gloria Estefan’s restaurant and night club.  I had an AMAZING time there. I highly recommend it to anyone that likes Cuban/latin  food or music.

One of the things that impressed me is how much latino “buying power” there is in Miami and how prevalent the Spanish language is.  It really seemed to be a great city to live at if you’re Latino.

So…. amazing food, bars and beaches.  I definitely want to go back, but next time will certainly not be in the summer months.

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