Skip to comments.Immigration Statistics Show Arizona's SB 1070 is Working
Posted on 04/03/2012 5:21:11 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
Last week, the Department of Homeland Security released their statistics on the illegal immigration for 2010. According to DHS, the total illegal population went down less than 1%, from 11.6 million at the beginning of the year to 11.5 million by the end. However, in the state of Arizona, the illegal population declined from 470,000 to 360,000; a decline of 23%. In April of 2010 the Arizona legislature passed SB 1070 to crack down on illegal immigration in the state. While parts of the law were blocked by a federal judge, illegal aliens in Arizona are getting the message that they are not welcome and left.
Opponents of SB 1070 recognize this. Also last week, the Supreme Court published the amicus brief it received from 11 Democratic Attorney Generals from states including Massachusetts, California, Illinois, and New York in opposition to SB 1070. Many of these states enacted sanctuary policies that forbid local law enforcement from cooperating with federal immigration authorities, even when illegal aliens are convicted of serious crimes. Not surprisingly illegal immigrants are attracted to these states, so they complain that SB 1070s provisions have the primary effect of redirecting undocumented immigrants to other States.
If thats true, then residents of these sanctuary states should be furious at their politicians for making their states a magnet for illegal immigration, not at Arizona.
That being said, many of the illegal immigrants are leaving Arizona to their country of origin. While the declining in illegal population was most dramatic in 2010, the illegal population has fallen by 200,000 when Arizona enacted the Legal Arizona Workers Act to crack down on employers of illegal immigrants. After the law went into effect legislators from the Mexican border province of Sonora complained that they could not handle all the illegal aliens returning! As the Tucson Citizen reported at the time,
A delegation of nine state legislators from Sonora was in Tucson on Tuesday to say Arizonas new employer sanctions law will have a devastating effect on the Mexican state., At a news conference, the legislators said Sonora cannot handle the demand for housing, jobs and schools it will face as illegal Mexican workers here return to their hometowns without jobs or money.
While DHS has not released illegal immigration statistics for 2011, the year that Alabama, South Carolina, and Georgia passed SB 1070 style legislation. However, anecdotal evidence suggests that illegals are leaving those states as well.
After Georgia passed HB 87, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported, Officials at the Guatemalan, El Salvadoran and Honduran consulates in Georgia say many more people are seeking passports for themselves and dual citizenship for their children so they can return to their home countries amid fears concerning HB 87.
In Alabama, the New York Times ran the headline about the poultry processing town of Albertville, Alabama entitled Hispanics flee Alabama Town. Of course, the title is misleading because only Hispanics who are illegally have any reason to leave. However, later in the piece, they note that after the illegals left, one of the poultry processing plants in Albertville had a job fair, attracting an enormous crowd, a mix of Hispanic, black and white job-seekers, lining up outside the plant and down the street.
Not surprisingly, Alabamas unemployment rate has fallen by 9.3% when the law passed last June to 7.6%--more than three times the decline of the national unemployment rate.
All of this great progress has occurred despite the fact that activist judges have blocked portions of the tough immigration laws. The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments over SB 1070 later this month. I am cautiously optimistic that they will uphold the measure, and if that happens, you can expect the number of illegal immigrants to decline even further.
For years, amnesty supporters have insisted that enforcement does not work. The success in Georgia, Arizona, Alabama, and South Carolina proves them wrong. Instead of harassing the states for enforcing the law, the federal government should follow our lead.
This is why the commie lib states surrounding us are whining to the Supreme Court to make SB 1070 go away. The illegal aliens are wearing out the welcome mats in those states.
Well, now they know how Americans feel as we've had to deal with the negative impact that illegal aliens have had on numerous cities across the United States.
Can anybody really believe anything DHS says ? I’d rather hear what Sheriff Joe Arpaio would have to say about this.A delegation of nine state legislators from Sonora was in Tucson on Tuesday to say Arizonas new employer sanctions law will have a devastating effect on the Mexican state., At a news conference, the legislators said Sonora
cannot handle the demand for housing, jobs and schools it will face as illegal Mexican workers here return to their hometowns without jobs or money.
I really wonder what is Mexico doing with all the millions of dollars they find in drug cartel raids ? The drug cartels has millions of dollars spread through out Mexico. A few good raids on drug cartels and the legislators from Sonora can handle the demand for housing, jobs and schools, as illegal Mexican workers return to their hometowns without jobs or money.
Didn’t the Obama Administration tell us that it was impossible to control illegal immigration?
This IS a start.
"....11 anti-enforcement states complaining to the Supreme Court that Arizona's immigration enforcement laws are too successful.........California, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Oregon, Illinois, Rhode Island, Iowa, Vermont, and Maryland argue that Arizona's law is hurting their economies because the illegal aliens are coming to their states."
It’s called “self-deportation”.
Nobody had to buy airline tickers, or put those who left on a bus.
They found a way, because they decided to move.
Rather, like they found a way to sneak in. Sorry but it’s not racist or xenophobic to simply insist on a real border.
Like the one Mexico carefully maintains.
To their own SOUTH...