“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.
Many day laborers like Diaz say they will leave Arizona because of the law, which also makes it a crime to be in the U.S. illegally and directs police to question people about their immigration status if there is reason to suspect they are illegal immigrants.
Jose Armenta, a 33-year-old illegal immigrant from Mexico’s western coast, is already planning to move to Utah within the next 20 days because of a combination of the economy and the new law.:
So let’s unpack this a little. A law designed to drive away illegal laborers to reduce the state’s 9.7% unemployment rate is… driving away illegal workers. Now, don’t get me wrong, I have some reservations regarding this bill, but this is not one of them. It’s exactly what the law was supposed to do! It’s a crack down on illegal laborers in an attempt to help those that are here legally.
Let’s all wait for the media to report on Arizona’s upcoming decrease in unemployment… or maybe not. It’s much more likely that we’ll be hearing stories about the poor illegals who were all of a sudden made, well, illegal by this law and forced to return home.
When did people obeying the law become a bad thing?