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  •  The obvious response (5+ / 0-)

    is to investigate and arrest the kidnappers.  The way to do that, presuming they are linked to narcotrafficantes, is to make it easy and worthwhile for undocumented witnesses to come forward with information.  It's not going to be possible to deport every "suspicious" Latino in Phoenix because many (most) are citizens, many of the gang members have the money to purchase good quality fake documents, and the US in all 49 other states places a priority on detaining and deporting immigrants with criminal convictions.

    So yes, there are kidnappings for ransom in Phoenix.  We need to improve our intelligence on the drug gangs, maybe revisit our strategy on the war on drugs, and we need to separate the criminals from the community and make it harder for them to function.  You don't accomplish any of that by putting fear in the heart of every undocumented Latino, and resentment in the heart of every Lation citizen or permanent resident.

    "Die Stimme der Vernuft ist leise." (The voice of reason is soft)

    by ivorybill on Sun May 02, 2010 at 09:14:00 AM PDT

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