And that includes legal immigrants:
Arizona’s tough new immigration enforcement law is fueling an exodus of Hispanics from the state seven weeks before it goes into effect, according to officials and residents in the state.
Though no one has precise figures, reports from school officials, businesses and individuals indicate worried Hispanics — both legal and illegal — are leaving the state in anticipation of the law, which will go into effect July 29.
Schools in Hispanic areas report unusual drops in enrollment. The Balsz Elementary School District is 75% Hispanic, and within a month of the law’s passage, the parents of 70 students pulled them out of school, said District Superintendent Jeffrey Smith. The district lost seven students over the same one-month period last year, and parents tell Smith the Arizona law is the reason for leaving.
“They’re leaving to another state where they feel more welcome,” he said.
But maybe, the exodus is part of the point of the law:
Paul Senseman, a spokesman for Brewer, said it’s difficult to gauge how many people are leaving because of the law, but he said he hears similar reports of people leaving the state.
“If that means that fewer people are breaking the law, that is absolutely an accomplishment,” he said.
… blanching Arizona certainly is the purpose of the more overtly racist supporters of the “show me your papers” law, and by now we’ve heard about the creepy backgrounds of the men who thought the law up in the first place. Sadly, the bad guys appear to be winning at the moment. More on the story here.