Lost in the rhetoric from those favoring SB 1070 is the fact that immigrants are an important part of Arizona’s economy, with over 10 billion dollars in purchasing power, supporting 66,500 full-time jobs and pouring nearly 776 million tax dollars into the state treasury. In the meantime, the arguments about rising crime rates ring hollow when considering that the FBI crime statistics show that the violent crime rate in Arizona has dropped 22 percent since 2006.
Below are links to additional facts and statistics.
- The law puts communities of color in the crosshairs by requiring state and local government workers to determine if a person is illegally in the United States based on a “reasonable suspicion.”
- The measure does not require the local police to have a search warrant or even suspect that some illegal action has occurred.
Nearly One-Third of Arizonans are Latino or Asian.
- The Latino share of Arizona’s population grew from 18.8% in 1990, to 25.3% in 2000, to 29.7% (or 1,882,610 people) in 2007.
- The Asian share of the population grew from 1.4% in 1990, to 1.8% in 2000, to 2.4% (or 152,130 people) in 2007, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
The 2004 consumer spending power of immigrant-headed households in Arizona totaled $10.5 billion, according to a 2008 study by the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy at the University of Arizona. This spending:
- Supported approximately 66,500 full-time jobs.
- Accounted for $10.2 billion in state economic output.
- Generated tax revenues of roughly $776 million, consisting of $362 million in sales taxes, $328 million in business taxes, and $85 million in personal taxes.
- Border cities are among the nation’s safest: Phoenix and other large border (and near-border) cities have some of the nation’s lowest crime rates, including San Diego, El Paso, and Austin.
- Border counties have low violent crime rates: Counties along the southwest border have some of the lowest rates of violent crime per capita in the nation. Their rates have dropped by more than 30 percent since the 1990s.