I wonder how Arizonans feel about this. I'm sure some will say that this was the desired effect. On the other hand, it represents a significant loss in the work force. Some will say it saves money. Other will say the opposite. You know what I say? We need a better immigration policy.
Imagine if this law were reversed and enacted here in Oaxaca.... I would be toast, over six feet and painfully gringo. It ain't like I could blend in.
From the Latin American Herald Tribune
Arizona’s Hispanic population has fallen by at least 100,000 since the SB 1070 anti-illegal immigration measure was passed in 2010, even though a federal judge blocked the law’s most controversial provisions, BBVA Bancomer said in a report.People here are very aware of this law. Maybe people in Arizona are fine with how they are thought of by many oaxaqueños. It would weigh heavy on me.
“A smaller number of Hispanics in the state of Arizona can be observed,” according to the report by Mexico’s largest financial institution, whose economic studies service frequently publishes analysis on immigration issues..... (read the full story)
Also, too, I offer whatever talents I have to Oaxaca. I try to contribute, you know, work. It is just normal life. We do what we can to make where we live a better place. Mexicans in the US do exactly the same thing. They work hard and contribute much. Arizona, both countries continue to suffer because of this law. Compassion would work better, but obviously, that ain't on the agenda.