As the author of Arizona's new immigration bill, why would Russell Pearce go on TV and lie about crime stats?
How is Arizona supporting this man?
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The passage of the bill has given Pearce a national forum to spew bogus statistics, tinged with ethnic bias. Recently he was on CNN with Pima County Legal Defender Isabel Garcia, calling her an "anarchist," and otherwise insulting her. (You can watch the video, here.)
Twice in the show he insisted that "50 percent of the homicides committed in Phoenix are committed by illegal aliens."
Where does Pearce get this number? The Phoenix Police Department's crime stats list 168 murders as occurring in 2008. About 52 percent have been labeled "cleared," while the remainder are unsolved. So how would Pearce know that illegal aliens committed half of Phoenix's homicides, when about half of the homicides committed in Phoenix have not been cleared?
Neither the Phoenix PD's crime stats nor the FBI's crime stats publish anything to do with the immigration status of perpetrators. And yet, Pearce utters his shibboleths with impunity, even on national TV.
State Rep. Russell Pearce is all excuses when he forwards neo-Nazi National Alliance e-mails to his supporters, or is seen smiling and arm-in-arm with local neo-Nazis like J.T. Ready.