Arizona’s hard-hitting immigration law is driving Hispanics out of the state weeks
before the controversial law goes into effect.
Although concrete figures are not available,
anecdotal evidence suggests Hispanics, both legal residents and illegal
immigrants, are starting to flee.
Schools in Hispanic neighborhoods are reporting
abnormal enrollment drops, and businesses that serve Hispanics also
report that business is down, according to a USA Today report published
The report suggests that the immigration law is
compounding demographic trends that have already significantly curtailed
illegal immigration during the past two years. The bad economy has been
the primary deterrent to many Hispanic immigrants seeking to enter
Arizona, says Jeffrey Passel, a demographer at the Pew Hispanic Center in Washington.
“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,” Mr. Passel says.
Arizona’s new immigration law requires that police
conducting routine traffic stops or other checks ask people about their
immigration status if there is "reasonable suspicion" that they're in
the country illegally.