Wednesday, May 26, 2010

According to a number of police chiefs, the recently passed Arizona immigration law will lead to an INCREASE in crime.

Now why would that be the case? Well, let's look at this logically...

Crime can only go up if more crimes are being committed.

In order for this to happen, either those who currently obey the law need to start breaking the law or there needs to be an increase in the number of crimes committed by those who are already criminals.

As for the former, is it the position of these law enforcement officials that people who are now obeying the law are going to start breaking the law? And if they think so, why do they think so? Out of protest at what they believe to be an unjust law? If so, what is it about this law that is going to drive people to a life of crime... when there's very little history of this type of behavior happening in America? Prohibition didn't drive people to start drinking to protest. I don't like my taxes getting raised, but I am not going to go and rob a bank in protest (hint to cops: if a bank is robbed, it ain't me).

As for the latter, why do they think criminals are going to start committing more crimes? Given that a lot of crime is inversely correlated to the extent the criminal believes he will be apprehended, I would infer they're arguing that criminals will think that their chances of getting caught will be lower because some number of street cops will be inquiring of the legal status of some of the people they stop during the course of their shift.

And why would that be the case?

Well, their argument is that illegal immigrants who are otherwise law abiding will refuse to cooperate with the police out of fear that they'd be arrested and deported... and that this will lead to fewer arrests... and fewer arrests would lead to more crimes being committed. But given that the Arizona law specifically excludes from questioning people who haven't been 'stopped' by the police, this seems like it is more a matter of these witnesses staying quiet out of ignorance than a legitimate fear of being deported... an ignorance that is likely a result of the lies spread by opponents of the Arizona law.

Rather than blast the law, these esteemed law enforcement officials could be working on ways to make sure their communities know they have no fear from cooperating with the police. That would seem to be the simplest and best way to address those concerns... and a nice way of making sure the Arizona law doesn't result in an increase in crime. Put another way, these officials have the power to make sure the Arizona law doesn't lead to an increase in crime... but they'd rather b***h about the law rather than do their jobs.

Note: It doesn't surprise me that Montgomery County Maryland is part of this group. Once upon a time, the police in Montgomery County were top-flight professionals who had the respect of the community and who did a great job of keeping crime down. But a number of years ago, like they did in so many other ways, Montgomery County decided to show how socially advanced they were... they dumbed down the police entrance exams and they went with just about every fad that came out instead of focusing on simply arresting criminals and keeping crime down. Now Montgomery County is a lot unsafer than it used to be, there are entire sections of the county that normal folks are just plain crazy to go into at night... and instead of concentrating on arresting criminals, the police spend their time complaining about a law passed in a state three two time zones away. Typical.