The LA Times reports that hispanic families are “fleeing Phoenix out of fear of immigration law.” Obviously the reporter had solid facts to back up this serious charge, right? Actually, the entire article is based on interviews with 4 merchants, all of whom work an hispanic neighborhood that is suffering from economic hardship. But wait — after once we get seven paragraphs into the story, the reporter reveals:
it’s hard to determine how much of the neighborhood’s woes stem from Arizona’s immigration laws and how much from the state’s economy, battered by a once red-hot housing marked that cooled.
And then, about ten paragraphs later, we discover that “No one has measured the effect of SB 1070 on businesses, or the number of immigrants it has prompted to leave Arizona.”
I suppose the reporter is to credited with having enough honesty to include these factoids, but this is a story that a responsible editor should have killed. The piece is simply devoid of any facts that support its conclusion: that there is an exodus of Latinos out of Arizona *because of* the immigration bill.