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AP: Illegal Aliens To Leave Over AZ Law!

From an outraged Associated Press:

Illegal immigrants plan to leave over Ariz. law

By AMANDA LEE MYERS (AP)

April 28, 2010

PHOENIX — Many of the cars that once stopped in the Home Depot parking lot to pick up day laborers to hang drywall or do landscaping now just drive on by.

Arizona’s sweeping immigration bill allows police to arrest illegal immigrant day laborers seeking work on the street or anyone trying to hire them.

It won’t take effect until summer but it is already having an effect on the state’s underground economy.

"Nobody wants to pick us up," Julio Loyola Diaz says in Spanish as he and dozens of other men wait under the shade of palo verde trees and lean against a low brick wall outside the east Phoenix home improvement store.

Many day laborers like Diaz say they will leave Arizona because of the law, which also makes it a state crime to be in the U.S. illegally and directs police to question people about their immigration status if there is reason to suspect they are illegal immigrants.

Isn’t this what they call a ‘win-win’?

Supporters of the law hope it creates jobs for thousands of Americans.

"We want to drive day labor away," says Republican Rep. John Kavanagh, one of the law’s sponsors.

How heartless these Republicans are.

An estimated 100,000 illegal immigrants have left Arizona in the past two years as it cracked down on illegal immigration and its economy was especially hard hit by the Great Recession. A Department of Homeland Security report on illegal immigrants estimates Arizona’s illegal immigrant population peaked in 2008 at 560,000, and a year later dipped to 460,000.

The law’s supporters hope the departure of illegal immigrants will help dismantle part of the underground economy here and create jobs for thousands of legal residents in a state with a 9.6 percent unemployment rate

Analysts say it’s too soon to tell what lasting effects the law will have on the state’s underground work force, which also includes baby sitters, maids and cooks

Losing hundreds of thousands of unskilled laborers wouldn’t hurt the state’s economy in the short term, but it could limit the economy’s ability to grow once it recovers, says Marshall Vest, director of the Economic and Business Research Center at the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management.

Legal workers who are willing to take any available job now will become more choosy if the unemployment rate falls back to low levels seen before the recession hit.

"That’s really the question, as to whether the existing population is willing to work those (low-level) jobs," Vest says. "I think economics provides the answer. If job openings have no applicants, then businesses need to address that by raising the offered wage."

Isn’t this one of the primary arguments for granting all of these illegal aliens amnesty? That businesses will then be forced to pay everyone at least the minimum wage?

So what is so terrible about accomplishing the same thing this way?

Still, let’s look at the larger implications here.

We are always told by open border supporters that deportation would never work in this country because there are just too many illegal aliens already here. It would be too costly even physically impossible to deport them all.

The system would be overwhelmed. (Which, of course, was probably the idea behind letting so many in, in the first place.)

But these arguments always conveniently forget that the illegal aliens managed to get into the country on their own, and many of them will leave the same way if given enough incentive.

And we know for a fact that illegal aliens will ‘self deport’ en masse, because it has happened in the not so distant past.

From Wikipedia:

Operation Wetback

Operation Wetback was a 1954 operation by the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) to remove about one million illegal immigrants from the southwestern United States, focusing on Mexican nationals…

The operation was modeled after a program that put pressure on citizens of Mexico to move back to Mexico during the Great Depression because of the bad economic situation in the United States

The effort began in California and Arizona and coordinated 1075 Border Patrol agents, along with state and local police agencies, to mount an aggressive crackdown, going as far as police sweeps of Mexican-American neighborhoods and random stops and ID checks of "Mexican-looking" people in a region with many Native Americans and native Hispanics…

Some 750 agents targeted agricultural areas with a goal of 1000 apprehensions a day. By the end of July, over 50,000 immigrants were caught in the two states. Around 488,000 illegal immigrants are claimed to have left voluntarily for fear of being apprehended. By September, 80,000 had been taken into custody in Texas, and the INS estimates that 500,000 to 700,000 had left Texas on their own

So mass deportation has worked every time it has been tried. Whereas our current system has never worked – that is, unless you actually want more illegal aliens in the country.

Which, of course, some do.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, April 29th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “AP: Illegal Aliens To Leave Over AZ Law!”

  1. MinnesotaRush says:

    Day dreaming here … all the illegals head back to where they came from and the whole brood of Democrats follow them back to their homeland to create the panacea they seem to be hell bent on creating for them.

    Hmmmm .. kinda like it.

    Well .. back to work.

  2. proreason says:

    “A Department of Homeland Security report on illegal immigrants estimates Arizona’s illegal immigrant population peaked in 2008 at 560,000, and a year later dipped to 460,000.”

    How do they know without asking for their “papers”?

    Either they are just making more shit up, or they checked at least a sample.

    Which makes Big Sis either a liar or a racist.

    Probably both.

  3. BillK says:

    Anything that keeps San Francisco city employees and criminals out of your state is a good thing.

    Win-win for AZ.

  4. TwilightZoned says:

    Now, if only the other border states will follow AZ. Oh, let’s go for the gusto…every state.

  5. Perdido says:

    The common wisdom is that you can’t deport 20 million Mexicans. I don’t understand why we can’t. Mexico did.

  6. Mithrandir says:

    God I hope they have their ear to the ground, and overflow San Francisco!

    GO WEST THEME SONG FOR ILLEGALS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNBjMRvOB5M

    (Soviet imagery poignant)

  7. jobeth says:

    “Illegal immigrants plan to leave over Ariz. law”

    Well now…That will show those Arizonians!

    Reminds me of a gal I knew a bunch of years ago who’s boyfriend was trying to break up with her. He demanded she stop calling him.

    Her reaction? ” I’ll never call him again! Then he’ll see!”

    Yep….I’m sure the Arizonians will soon feel the pinch of all those criminals leaving! That’ll show ’em!


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