Sorry the weekly open thread is so late.
The debate about immigration often involves discussions about whether illegal immigrants cause more crime.
The topic came up on ABC’s This Week on July 4, 2010, when Al Hunt, the executive editor in Washington for Bloomberg News, criticized John McCain for the Republican senator’s comments about crime in Arizona.
McCain had explained his shift on immigration by saying, “The violence is incredibly high. The human smuggling and drug cartels are at a level of violence where 25,000 — 23,000 Mexican citizens have been murdered in the last few years, 5,000 already this year. There’s a level of violence which has increased to a significant degree, which makes the situation far different than it was in 2007″ when the Senate last considered immigration reform.
Pay close attention to the very end. How much more of an admission is needed before people will see that the Immigration Resolution in PWC was all about an election. Hethmon admits it. He brags about it. FAIR is also involved in AZ. Leopards do not change their spots! Note the arrow coming from FAIR to AZ. It had started then.
Prince William County was a field experiment. The end of the video is critical. Around 2:30 Michael Hethmon says it is a political issue. They were scared that Republicans were going to lose in elections because of the Iraq War.