Arizona Immigration Law Succeeds in Driving Hispanics out of State

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Hispanics are exiting Arizona before the state’s controversial immigration law goes into effect in July. Citing anecdotal evidence, USA Today reported that schools in Hispanic neighborhoods are experiencing unusual declines in enrollment and businesses serving Hispanics are noticing drops in clientele.

Two plus years of a weak economy had already caused many immigrants to avoid Arizona. “If you have a bad economy and a hostile environment, then that’s likely to cause people to think twice about coming, and possibly even to leave,” Jeffrey Passel, a demographer at the Pew Hispanic Center in Washington, told The Christian Science Monitor.
Those leaving Arizona to avoid the new law, which requires law enforcement to question the immigration status of people during routine traffic stops, are likely resettling in other states, such as California, Texas and New Mexico, instead of returning to their home countries.
-Noel Brinkerhoff
Hispanics Abandon Arizona, Fleeing Economy, Immigration Law (by Husna Haq, Christian Science Monitor)


Jennifer Littrell 14 years ago
So tell me now how is this solution helpful? Hispanics are exiting Arizona (and I am not even sure why people are so happy about it since that's going to affect the economy big time) and resettling in other states... so on a national level there is absolutely no change! Other states are going to come up with similar laws but only a solution on a federal level is going to fix this once and for all.
Evelyn 14 years ago
SB 1070 promises to enlarge the gulf between diverse communities and pit groups against one another, rather than encouraging people to work together to find mutually beneficial solutions to challenging issues. Can you suggest other way to solve this issue? share your opinion at

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