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February 25, 2008

Arizona is seeing signs of a flight by illegal immigrants out of the state and back across the border.  Local reformers credit the state's recent crackdown on illegal immigration.  Indeed, sanctions against employers are playing a key role, says Investor's Business Daily (IBD).


  • The new state law punishes employers who knowingly hire illegal immigrants by suspending their business license for 10 days on the first violation and revoking it for a second offense.
  • At the same time, the county sheriff in Phoenix has been helping enforce federal immigration laws by rounding up people living there illegally.
  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection has given arrest authority to many deputies; so in the course of a traffic stop, illegal aliens without driver's licenses for the first time now stand a real chance of being deported.

In response to the crackdown, illegals are flooding the Mexican consulate in Phoenix:

  • The consulate is reporting an "unusual" 400 percent increase in parents applying for Mexican birth certificates for their anchor babies and other documents they need to return to Mexico.
  • They're also requesting a paper known as a "menaje de casa," which allows illegals living in the United States to cross into Mexico without paying a tax on their furniture and other household goods.
  • Overall, some 30,000 illegal immigrants plan to leave Arizona as the state's tough new immigration laws kick in, according to a survey conducted earlier this month by Chicanos Por La Causa.

Arizona is a model for other states being overrun by illegals, says IBD.  If they just send a clear message to immigrants living here illegally that they're serious about enforcing the law, they'll pack up and leave.

Source: Editorial, "No Amnesty In Arizona," Investor's Business Daily, February 19, 2008.


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