That didn't take long, and it will mean more jobs, as well as increased security, for the people of Arizona:
New Mexico and Texas, take note:
"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 .
Many day laborers like Diaz say they will leave Arizona because of the law, which also makes it a 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 driveaway," 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. Aon 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.
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 toh/t: because of the law. He says a friend is finding plenty of work in Dallas.Hot Air
iOwnTheWorld has a handy chart of legal action being considered by other states.
Must-read of the morning:
Andy McCarthy: Illegal Aliens: Law and Sovereignty in Arizona; Obama sides with the lawless over besieged citizens.
Maybe that’s the Obama administration’s problem with Arizona’s new law: It is too short (16 pages), too clear, and too reflective of the popular will. Unlike the social scientists in Nancy Pelosi’s federal laboratory, state lawmakers didn’t need to pass the law first in order to find out what was in it. Essentially, it criminalizes (as a state misdemeanor) something that is already illegal (namely, being present in the United States in violation of federal law), and it directs law-enforcement officers to, yes, enforce the law. Democrats and their media echo-chamber regard this as radical; for most of us, it is what’s known as common sense. [. . .]
In adopting the Constitution, in giving their consent to our social contract, the sovereign states agreed to cede some of their authority in exchange for one overriding benefit. It was not to have an overseer to monitor our salt intake, design our light bulbs, prepare for our retirement, manage our medical treatments, or mandate our purchases. It was to provide for our security. It was to repel invasion by aliens who challenged our sovereign authority to set the conditions of their presence on our soil.
And here’s another commonsense proposition: A government that abdicates our national defense against outside forces is no longer a government worth having.
That's the voice of reason. The voices of unreason (chief among them Barack Obama and Eric Holder) are too numerous to mention, but my personal favorite: the boycott of Arizona Tea (made in New York, but let's not get hung up on the details). "It is the drink of fascists."
Edited to add an excerpt from Gov. Jan Brewer's justification for the law:
Also check out Jennifer Rubin's post on Obama's senatorial record on illegal immigration.
Brewer, on whether AZ feels "abandoned" by nat'l leaders on immigration: "Since I've been governor since last January, I have written numerous letters to the administration in regards to securing our borders with absolutely no response. So we have been facing this crisis, and it's devastating the people of Arizona. And I feel as governor I have a responsibility to protect the citizens. We've been inundated with criminal activity. It's been outrageous."
More Brewer: "And we're not going to put up with it any longer. And I hope that now we've got senate bill 1070 signed and ready to go into law that we'll get somebody's attention. But it is the federal government's responsibility to secure our borders. Our states cannot sustain it."
Brewer, on Obama calling the bill "misguided": "He has a right to say whatever he wants to say. But 'misguided' -- I think he's wrong. I have a responsibility to the people of Arizona. And I'm sure he's concerned because of the brouhaha and over-dramatic comments about racial profiling. I made perfectly clear when I signed the bill that we would not tolerate racial profiling. It's illegal."
Also behold a racist revealing himself to Michelle Malkin. Back away slowly from this guy.
One more: Kris Kobach, who helped write the law, defends and explains it in a NYT op-ed.
Many thanks to MichelleMalkin.com for linking.
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