I lived in Mesa, Arizona for over 35 years. The neighborhood I lived in for the last 10 years was a very nice family friendly area. You weren’t afraid to take casual walks at night or let you kids play outside. My daughters often walked a mile to high school with little worry about their safety.
Shortly after I moved from that neighborhood, I heard from family and friends that a huge influx of Hispanics, mostly illegal, moved into our old neighborhood. A number of single family homes were housing up to 30 or more illegals. It didn’t take long before the crime rates in the area shot sky high. Burglaries, physical and sexual assaults, rapes and murders all increased significantly.
I drove through the old neighborhood three years ago and felt like I was driving in Mexico. Most of the houses and yards looked trashed and unkempt. The area was covered with vulgar graffiti. Most of the neighbors we knew had moved away to other areas and property values were much lower, even taking in consideration the collapse of the housing market.
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