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Arizona Already Seeing Effects of Immigration Enforcement Law

Arizona's new immigration enforcement law doesn't take effect for another six weeks, but the state is seeing early signs of what impact it could have on its more than 400,000 illegal aliens. School districts are reporting an increased number of students being pulled out, and retail businesses that typically cater to illegal aliens are seeing a decrease in profits.

According to a report by USA Today, the Balsz Elementary School District, which has a 75% Hispanic population had 75 students pulled out since the laws passage. Over the same time frame last year, only seven students were pulled out.

Co-founder of the Latin Association for Arizona says businesses that serve Hispanic communities are seeing a drop in profits, meaning Hispanics are either saving their money for a future move or have already left the state.

In 2007, Arizona passed one of the nation's toughest workplace enforcement laws, requiring all businesses, public and private, to verify all new employees through E-Verify. After the law was passed, estimates from the Department of Homeland Security indicated a drop of 100,000 people to the state's illegal alien population.

It is unknown whether the state is truly seeing the impact of Arizona's immigration enforcement law or feeling the effects of a still sour economy. Analysts say the true impact of the new law won't be known until later this year when school districts are required to submit their enrollment numbers.

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In the News

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Quoted - Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Finally, we turned to NumbersUSA, an Arlington-Va.-based nonprofit group that opposes illegal immigration and advocates for limits on legal immigration, because it tracks what the presidential candidates say about immigration. The group’s president, Roy Beck, told us that Romney has expressed support for enacting "attrition by enforcement" policies on a national level such as requiring that businesses use E-Verify. Beck said Romney has not said specific provisions of SB 1070 should be taken as a model for federal immigration laws.

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Fewer day laborers on Phx. streets

In the News - Thursday, August 12, 2010

Day laborers, mostly illegal immigrants from Mexico, also had proliferated in other areas of metropolitan Phoenix, including Guadalupe, west Phoenix and Fountain Hills.

But drive by any of those locations now, and only a handful of day laborers are left. And no longer do they rush up to vehicles en masse, waving their hands in a desperate bid to get hired. Now, they are more likely to keep a lower profile, leaning against a tree or sitting on a milk crate.

There are several reasons for the change. Arizona's slumping economy has dried up the demand for day laborers, who typically are hired for yard cleaning, moving, tree cutting, construction and other jobs. Many have left Arizona to look for work in other states, or they have given up and returned to Mexico.

By Daniel Gonzalez -- The Arizona Republic


Missouri sheriffs' group endorses immigration enforcement efforts by border states

In the News - Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Missouri sheriffs are giving their support to law officers in states along the Mexican border seeking to enforce immigration laws.

The Missouri Sheriffs' Association this week approved a resolution backing states that have approved their own legislation on immigration enforcement. The resolution specifically mentions Arizona, where part of a new law on the subject has been blocked by a federal judge.

The Missouri sheriffs group said Wednesday the resolution was approved by more than 100 members at its annual meeting, with no votes in opposition.

By Associated Press