Cross posted from The Virtuous Republic
The Arizona Republic describes the effect the state’s “impending” new law requiring employers to verify the immigration status of employees has on illegal immigrants.
It’s impossible to count how many undocumented immigrants have fled because of the new law. But based on interviews with undocumented immigrants, immigrant advocates, community leaders and real-estate agents, at least several hundred have left since Democratic Gov. Janet Napolitano signed the bill on July 2. There are an estimated 500,000 illegal immigrants in Arizona.
Some are moving to other states, where they think they will have an easier time getting jobs. Others are returning to Mexico, selling their effects and putting their houses on the market.
The number departing is expected to mushroom as the Jan. 1 deadline draws closer. After that, the law will require employers to verify the employment eligibility of their workers through a federal database.
“I would say we are losing at least 100 people a day,” said Elias Bermudez, founder of Immigrants Without Borders and host of a daily talk-radio program aimed at undocumented immigrants.
Immigration hard-liners say the exodus is a sign the employer-sanctions law is working, even before it becomes official. The law is aimed at shutting off the job magnet by imposing harsh penalties on employers caught knowingly hiring unauthorized workers. Violators face a 10-day suspension of their business license for a first offense and could lose their license for a second offense.
“This is exactly what it is supposed to do. (Illegal immigrants) have no business being here, none,” said Rep. Russell Pearce, R-Mesa, the main architect of the employer-sanctions law. “Shut off the lights, and the crowd will go home. I hope they will all self-deport.” Read the rest here….
The experiment in Arizona, which hasn’t even really started yet, shows that the enforcement of our current laws in combination with taking away the lure for illegal aliens, i.e., jobs, works. The program hasn’t even started, and illegal immigrants are beginning to move on to greener pastures or as the story notes, return to Mexico.
Of course those states without a law like Arizona will have to quickly adopt such a measure or they will be inundated with illegal immigrants.
If you read the rest of the article, you will see that the usual suspects on the left are already declaring Arizona’s economy will implode without illegal immigrant labor. Marxists and their ilk, who have no respect for our borders, obviously don’t understand the free market. Illegal labor itself has been distorting the market by allow employers to pay substandard wages for certain classes of jobs. To attract legal labor, individuals and businesses (who were breaking the law in the first place) will have to now pay prevailing wages. Some prices may go up and some people may do without some services like child or lawn care. So be it.
In the long run, the market will adjust and Arizona will see several benefits as social services, schools, hospitals, and police departments will require fewer tax dollars as they will no longer have to deal with hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants.
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