LatinaLista — It must have been a slow news day in Arkansas.
That’s the only explanation as to why precious white space in the local newspaper would have been devoted to an article with the headline: Analysis: State lags in checks of illegals.
From the tone of the article, it’s hard to deduce whether the reporter was saying that local police weren’t doing their job in rounding up undocumented immigrants compared to neighboring states or that undocumented immigrants weren’t the troublemakers everyone believed.
Following either one of those angles, we have to wonder what is particularly newsworthy about the topic.
Does this newspaper make the same analysis of child predators and rapists?
I would hope so since both of those types of criminals actually prey on the public and pose a bona fide safety risk compared to the guy or gal who just minds their own business and goes to work.
In reading the full article, it was heartening to read how all the local law enforcement officers feel it’s a waste of time to actively pursue undocumented immigrants.
As Jeffrey Walker, a criminal justice professor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock said:
â€œAnother explanation is that police officers here are just not necessarily all that bent out of shape about illegal aliens,â€ Walker said. â€œTheyâ€™re dealing with people and they either commit crimes or they donâ€™t commit crimes.
Nobody condones hard criminals that put other people at risk but to single out a demographic because it’s suddenly “chic journalism” to do so, well, there better be a good news angle to it other than telling readers:
In Little Rock, the stateâ€™s largest city police department, investigators say illegal aliens are more likely to be victims of crime than perpetrators.
Of the cityâ€™s 59 homicides in 2006, and 38 recorded so far in 2007, only one is believed to have been committed by an illegal alien.
On second thought, that last line is newsworthy!