Fox host Bill O’Reilly continued his efforts to link Arizona’s harsh immigration law to the non-existent immigrant crime wave. Last night (5/18/10), with Cathy Areu of Catalina magazine:
O’REILLY: OK, so you would just sit there and just status quo it? Status quo?
AREU: Immigration is down, actually, in Arizona. Status quo’s working beautifully.
O’REILLY: Down everywhere.
AREU: Well, crime is down and immigration is down. So, actually, things are better.
O’REILLY: Crime in Arizona is up. Immigration’s down because of the economy.
AREU: El Paso is one of the safest cities in the United States.
O’REILLY: That’s a bunch of baloney.
The Mexican border metropolis of Ciudad Juarez now has a higher murder rate than Baghdad as drug cartels battle for turf. Its neighbor on the U.S. side, El Paso, has long been one of the nation’s safest big cities, with more than 600,000 people. Last year it was ranked second-safest behind Honolulu.
“Life in El Paso is good,” said police spokesman Michael Baranyay, citing the one homicide the city has logged this year.
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