As Arizona prepares to put into effect its new immigation law, more Hispanics are abandoning the state.
Even though Arizona’s fragile economy plays a crucial role in the local exodus of Hispanics, some indications also indicate that the exodus is also out of fear for the Arizona’s controversial immigration law. New anecdotal evidence suggests that both legal and illegal Hispanics are starting to leave.
According to Jeffery Passel, a demographer at the Pew Hispanic Center in Washington, it’s a combination of the economic and legal factors: “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,” Passel said.
Because of the expansion of local and state law enforcement due to the immigration law, many Hispanics are concerned about racial profiling. However, since the recession has been in place, immigration has been a bit steady — if not slow.
It’s no secret that Arizona’s controversial immigration policy is the subject of much debate — and in some cases, even boycotts. The city of Los Angeles has recently declared that it will boycott Arizona. Congressional Democrats and also the President have expressed disapproval of Arizona’s decision and are expected to come up with a federal immigration bill of their own. Some also speculate federal lawsuits are on the way as well.Published in