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London's Guardian notes 'bitter' battle over SB 1070

The Guardian newspaper of London reported this weekend on the uncertainty surrounding SB 1070, especially in Latino-populated areas, which are experiencing an exodus of residents and businesses:

It's as if the whole area is turning into a tourist ghost town, for which the west is renowned. But this is not supposed to be a ghost town. This is bustling Phoenix, capital of Arizona and one of America's fastest growing and most dynamic metropolises.

The report also delved into the many myths regarding illegal immigration such as an imagined wave of violence from new hordes of undocumented border-crossers:

It is also said that illegal immigrants are pouring over the border in record numbers, though in reality the rate peaked 10 years ago.

"They are taking our jobs" is another key assumption. But as research by the Morrison Institute for Public Policy at Arizona State University has shown, undocumented immigrants create jobs and support services through the taxes they pay on wages and purchases.

Morrison Institute for Public Policy is a leader in examining critical Arizona and regional issues, and is a catalyst for public dialogue. An Arizona State University resource, Morrison Institute uses nonpartisan research and communication outreach to help improve the state's quality of life.

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