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Illegals Do Not Report Crimes
Watching the news and hearing how the Arizona Law will negatively effect law enforcement, as illegals will not assist law enforcement by giving information, is just not true. Having been involved with law enforcement for over 37 years, I have seen and heard this debate before. In central California in the 1960's, the debate was exactly the same. If law enforcement arrested illegals under the federal law, they (the illegals) would be fearful of law enforcement and would not report crimes or give information about crimes. Well 40 years later, a majority of illegals still are fearful of police, refuse to report crimes or offer information to law enforcement, and tend to attract criminals as they are easy targets. Those few that do report crimes, or give information, a majority refuse to testify in court, and most will move or relocate.
I have been at numerous crimes, where there will be 20 to 30 eye witnesses, both legal and illegal immigrants, and no one sees a thing. Additionally, those illegals that are involved in minor crimes, vehicle accidents, or vehicle code violations, give false names, and after being released from jail or prior to a court appearance, will relocate out of the area. Again, their relatives, friends, and neighbors have no idea where they went.
The Arizona Law will have very little or no effect on illegals reporting crimes. How ever enforcement of the new law will reduce many minor crimes, usually related to vehicle code violations, ID theft, forged documents, false or stolen social security numbers, and failure to file State and Federal tax returns. It will also eliminate over crowding in apartment and housing complexes, and remove a source of victims from other criminals and businesses that feed on illegals.