Where have the immigrants gone? – Chicago Tribune

Where have the immigrants gone? – Chicago Tribune
Oklahoma law targeting illegal workers had some unforeseen results

By Howard Witt | Tribune correspondent
February 10, 2008

TULSA – The splintered trees, downed branches and piles of wood still littering nearly every neighborhood of this sprawling city two months after a devastating ice storm stand as a testament to something more than the ferocity of nature.

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“You really have to work hard at it to destroy our state’s economy, but we found a way,” said state Sen. Harry Coates, the only Republican member of the state Legislature to vote against the immigration law. “We ran off the workforce.”

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