Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Maricopa County's 'Bull Conner' Wreaks Havoc on the U.S. Constitution and Arizona's Economy -- SACRAMENTO, Calif., Aug. 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --

Maricopa County's 'Bull Conner' Wreaks Havoc on the U.S. Constitution and Arizona's Economy -- SACRAMENTO, Calif., Aug. 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio misses no opportunity to justify his "immigration crime" sweeps and rant about how undocumented immigrants are burdening public services, and bankrupting Arizona's economy. Sheriff Joe "Bull" Arpaio is factually wrong and need look only into the mirror to see the cause of Arizona's current $4.5 billion deficit and the damage being done to the states' struggling economy.

Most Arizona small businesses are suffering in the wake of Arpaio's anti-Latino campaign of fear and intimidation. Latino legal residents, and the undocumented, who currently make up nearly 30% of Arizona's population are moving out of the state in record numbers. As a result Arizona is witnessing almost no customers in its grocery and retail stores, restaurants and hotels throughout the state. An epidemic of "For Lease" and "Going Out of Business" signs plague storefronts throughout the state's cities and towns. Many out-of-state companies have stopped doing business in Arizona – not because of political ideology – but because they want to avoid being associated with the anti-Latino bias of Sheriff Arpaio. The decline in business meetings and conventions in Arizona since April has negatively impacted 200,000 hospitality industry employees and their families.

The reality is that Arpaio's disrespect for human dignity in the name of cracking down on "illegal immigrants" not only drives a wedge between law enforcement and the Latino community; but sinks his own state's economy into an even deeper hole.

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