Monday, September 13, 2010

FACT CHECK (from New Times): Violent Crime Drops (Again) In 2009

The New Times ( ) reports today on the newly-released FBI report, and notes that violent crime dropped 13.9% from 2008 to 2009 - the third consecutive decrease.  Although the report does not cite any specific statements from Gov. Jan Brewer about how it is necessary to scare away illegal immigrants because of the increase in crime that they bring with them, just about any of the interviews that she has done on Fox News this year will likely provide support for their follow-up that her claims are false (as well as for Attorney General Terry Goddard's claim that Brewer's comments are damaging to Arizona's tourism and image).

UPDATE:  Here is one of Gov. Brewer's appearances on Fox News' Greta Van Susteren show.  In it, Brewer states: "We're out here on the battlefield... with all the crime that comes with it."  And, "...the terror that our citizens live with day in and day out...."

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