April 29, 2010

Immigrants Leaving Arizona

As an extreme new immigration bill is set to make life hell for immigrants in Arizona, many of them are moving quickly to leave the state.

The law doesn't go into effect until the summer assuming it is not blocked by the many people including Obama administration representatives who question its possible civil rights violations. But immigrants are already considering leaving the state to avoid harassment.

The Arizona ACLU released a statement on the new law, saying in part: "The law creates new immigration crimes and penalties inconsistent with those in federal law, asserts sweeping authority to detain and transport persons suspected of violating civil immigration laws and prohibits speech and other expressive activity by persons seeking work. The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Arizona strongly condemn the governor's decision to sign the unconstitutional law and are dismayed by her disregard for the serious damage it could cause to civil liberties and public safety in the state."

Immigrants Leaving Arizona

Many of the cars that once stopped in the Home Depot parking lot to pick up day laborers to hang drywall or do landscaping now just drive on by. Arizona's sweeping immigration bill allows police to arrest illegal immigrant day laborers seeking work on the street or anyone trying to hire them. It won't take effect until summer but it is already having an effect on the state's underground economy. "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 home improvement store...

immigrants Leaving Arizona

Posted at April 29, 2010 4:35 PM