Posted on April 29, 2010. Filed under: Politics... |

OK, now that Arizona is getting rid of many illegal aliens by instituting their tough new immigration law, the new question is…what states are they going to go to now?  These illegals do nothing to help strengthen our economy as they’re working here only to send money to their own countries.  How is that helping this country?  They are taking jobs away from legal Americans who want to support their families here which keeps the money they earn here.  Many illegal aliens are heading to Utah, Texas and New Mexico.  I guess they don’t yet know that both Utah and Texas are looking into adopting the same tough illegal immigration law as Arizona.  Kudos to those states!  If they succeed, New Mexico will be so overrun with illegals draining their economy that New Mexico will quickly become "The New Mexico"…
Day Laborers stand along Arizona Ave Wednesday, April 28, 2010 in Chandler, Ariz. 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. (AP Photo/Matt York)


Apr 28, 8:44 PM EDT

Illegal immigrants plan to leave over Arizona law

Associated Press Writer


PHOENIX (AP) — 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.


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.


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.


Kavanagh says day labor is generally off the books, and that deprives the state of much-needed tax dollars. "We’ll never eliminate it, just like laws against street prostitution," he says. "But we can greatly reduce the prevalence."


Day laborers do jobs including construction, landscaping and household work for cash paid under the table. Those jobs have been harder to find since the housing industry collapsed here several years ago.


Standing near potted trees and bushes for sale at a Home Depot in east Phoenix, Diaz, 35, says he may follow three families in his neighborhood who moved to New Mexico because of the law. He says a friend is finding plenty of work in Dallas.


Diaz says he has too much to lose by staying – he’s supporting a wife and infant son back home in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, across the border from El Paso, Texas.


"They depend on me to survive," he says. "I’m not going to wait for police to come and arrest me."




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I agree with you, Janet, and if you read my latest posts on this sore subject, more states are starting to think it\’s not such a bad idea. We\’re not against people coming into this great country if they do it legally. Then they\’d have to pay taxes just like the rest of us. Why do you think Puerto Rico doesn\’t want statehood? It\’s because they\’d have to pay taxes! They\’re living off of our hard earned dollars and getting all the benefits off of our sweat, but that\’s another post…


The comment that Diaz made that he has a family back in Mexico is proof that our money is being taken out of the states instead of being put back into our economy. If these people love their country so much, and they do profess this, why don\’t they stay there and campaign for a better economy and improve their country instead of draining ours? I believe that every state should adopt the same law that Arizona has. And as far as everyone complaining of discrimination, do you think that any other country as well as Mexico would like us to invade their country and drain their resources? Heck no. Most coundtries don\’t allow anyone to buy property unless they are a citizen of that country. And I not against Immigration, I\’m agains ILLEGAL immigration regardless of what country they come from.


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