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More falsehoods about illegal immigration, crime

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's recent claim that law enforcement agencies have found beheaded bodies in the desert isn't true, according to medical examiners in Arizona's border counties. But what else is new? "Brewer's mindlessness about headlessness is just one of the immigration falsehoods being spread by Arizona politicians," wrote Dana Milbank of the Washington Post. "Border violence on the rise? Phoenix becoming the world's No. 2 kidnapping capital? Illegal immigrants responsible for most police killings? The majority of those crossing the border are drug mules? All wrong." But as Milbank noted, creating this misperception of out-of-control crime has been key to gaining public support for Arizona's immigration law.