2010: Illegal Immigration: Perceptions and Realities, Part 1
May 2010 / This briefing examines the many assertions surrounding illegal immigration in Arizona by offering facts from several different sources.
Until the 1990s, the presence of undocumented immigrants in Arizona was a familiar and generally tolerated fact. They were — and remain — an essential component of the state’s economy. However, the large influx of undocumented immigrants over the past 20 years has sharpened public attitudes and presented Arizona with serious public-policy challenges. Addressing these challenges in today’s highly charged atmosphere have been further complicated by the http://morrisoninstitute.asu.edu/videos/audio-q-a-ali-noorani-of-national-immigration-forum effects of potent and oft-repeated assertions concerning illegal immigration. Some assertions are well founded, while others are either demonstratively false or not clearly established because data are not available to support or disprove them. Such claims fuel strong feelings on both sides and reduce the chances of an impartial collective resolution of this critical public-policy issue. Reviewing several of the more prominent assertions may help move Arizona’s debate onto a more productive path.
- Audio Q&A with Ali Noorani of National Immigration Forum
- Hart discusses illegal immigration on Horizon
- Toon: AZ must go beyond rebranding its tarnished image
- Garcia: Arizona, what's wrong with this picture?
- Toon: Look beyond the numbers when looking at polls