Immigration Ground Zero – Washington Post

Though there has been much activity in New York, New Jersey, Virginia, and Pennsylvania regarding illegal immigration Arizona remains in the news much of the time. With many like Sheriff Joe Arpaio, hero to nativist groups, stationed near the border this is certainly no surprise.

It’s strange that even though the state’s jobless rate is low we are given told of a scenario where undocumented workers are “stealing” jobs.

Immigration Ground Zero – Full Article
In Arizona, the fruit of Congress’s failure

Wednesday, December 26, 2007; Page A20

THE NEW ground zero in the debate over illegal immigration is Arizona, where the nation’s toughest and potentially most far-reaching crackdown on undocumented workers and their employers is scheduled to take effect Jan. 1. The Arizona law, passed resoundingly by the state legislature after Congress failed to enact immigration reform last summer, penalizes companies that knowingly hire illegal immigrants by suspending their business licenses for up to 10 days; ; on a second offense, the business license would be revoked — what Gov. Janet Napolitano (D) has called a corporate “death penalty.” Thus the Arizona law may become a test case for how much pain a state is willing to endure, and inflict, in the name of ridding itself of a population that contributes enormously to its economic growth and prosperity.

Regarding the benefit these migrants bring to Arizona this article states:

In construction alone, Judith Gans of the University of Arizona has estimated that a 15 percent cut in the state’s immigrant workforce would result in direct losses of about 56,000 jobs and some $6.6 billion in economic output. The direct loss to state tax revenue would be approximately $270 million. The study, and others like it, including in Texas, refute the arguments that illegal immigrants are an overall burden on state economies because of the education, health care and other services they require; in fact they contribute heavily to economic growth.


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