Discussion of any highly controversial or contentious political issue is bound to contain its fair share of misinformation. Unfortunately, that’s just the nature of the beast today. People are generally too intellectually incurious to do even the most remedial of research into a topic. This is not sole property of either left or right or progressive or conservative or religious or secular, etc.
Now, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that part of the reason Gov. Brewer signed SB 1070 was to protect her own political backside from getting walloped in the Republican primary by notable blowhard Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Every poll leading up to her signing the bill had her winning the primary…..except in cases where Arpaio ran. However, once Arpaio held his press conference to say he’s not running, you’d she would have toned down the rhetoric a few notches.
Not so, it seems.
Brewer claimed that she believes almost all illegal immigrants are bringing drugs across the border.
The US Border Patrol says her claim is false.
Brewer claims that decapitated bodies are being found in the desert.
An investigation by a local news station, in which all border county coroners were asked to verify this claim revealed that all of Arizona’s border county medical examiners revealed no decapitated bodies have been reported to them.
She claims that crime rates are increasing due to illegal immigration.
FBI crime statistics show this to be another lie. Violent crime has dropped every year since 2004, the murder rate is half of what it was in 2003, and the Border Patrol reports that the number of border crossers are half of what they were in 2004.
The latest piece of this story came from KPHO:
In the meantime, a CBS 5 News investigation revealed that there is one business that could profit from the implementation of SB 1070 and similar immigration measures. The private prison industry houses illegal immigrant detainees for the federal government. Those companies could gain contracts with state and local agencies to house illegal immigrants arrested for state violations.
Corrections Corporation of America, or CCA, holds the federal contract to house detainees in Arizona. The company bills $11 million per month. CBS 5 Investigates learned that two of Brewer’s top advisers have connections to CCA.
Paul Senseman is the governor’s deputy chief of staff. He is also a former lobbyist for CCA. His wife is listed as a current lobbyist for the company.
Chuck Coughlin is one of the governor’s policy advisers and her campaign chairman. Coughlin’s company, HighGround Public Affairs Consultants, currently lobbies for CCA.
So, she signs a bill to save her political backside that has the potential to put money in the pocket of two of her top advisors.
Something stinks, and the source is in the Governor’s mansion.