Arizona Law Working Beautifully – And It Hasn’t Even Taken Effect Yet

CBS does it’s ideologically liberal best in the story below to paint the exodus of illegal immigrants from Arizona as an epic tragedy, but most Arizonans are doing a Snoopy dance over the departures:

May 3, 2010
Immigrant Families Leave Arizona, Fearing Law
At Least 100,000 Illegal Immigrants Flee the State Fearing Legislation; Some Citizens Angered by Financial Impact

By Kelly Cobiella

(CBS) On a dusty block in Phoenix, 15 years of the Quintana family’s possessions are for sale.

Manuela Quintana said that they decided to leave when the Arizona governor signed the new immigration law.

For years, their family thrived with jobs in restaurants and construction, reports CBS News correspondent Kelly Cobiella. Their 10 children were born here and are U.S. citizens. Both she and her husband are undocumented, and currently unemployed.

She said that her biggest fear is being put in jail and having her children taken away from her. Just the thought of moving scares their 12-year-old daughter Graciela.

“I think it’s going to be my worst day,” Graciela said.

Two years ago, this park was filled with families every weekend. Arizona was home to more than half a million illegal immigrants. Since then, at least 100,000 have left.

Kyle Kester is the Quintana’s landlord – he’s lost seven tenants in the past week.

“I would say on this block alone we have 20 vacancies at least,” Kester said. “It’s not just illegal immigrants who are affected by this. I was born in the U.S. and it’s hurting me now.”

Graciela’s best friend fled to California with her family Saturday. She didn’t get to say good-bye.

Manuela knows she broke the law when she came here 15 years ago. But she doesn’t see herself as a criminal.

“A criminal is someone who kills,” she said in Spanish. “I just want to work.”

The family packed up before dawn today and headed north to Colorado. Manuela says she’s lost hope in this state. She thinks she’ll find it again in another.

I didn’t realize that rapists who don’t kill their victims aren’t criminals.  I didn’t realize that thieves and molesters and swindlers aren’t criminals.

But if that’s what it takes to claim that sneaking into America and utterly disrespecting our laws and our boundaries isn’t breaking the law, well, I’m not surprised.

Kyle Kester – a man who didn’t mind if he rented to illegals  as long as they paid him – says he’s being hurt by the law now.  Well, cry me a river.

Let’s just say Kester represents a very selfish few:

From Rasmussen:

The Arizona legislature has now passed the toughest measure against illegal immigration in the country, authorizing local police to stop and check the immigration status of anyone they suspect of being in the country illegally.

A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey finds that 70% of likely voters in Arizona approve of the legislation, while just 23% oppose it.

I don’t doubt for a minute that other people, such as employers who pay their employees in cash (at a drastically cute rate to take advantage of their status) are going to be “hurt” by the law, too.

According to a study done by the Heritage Foundation, the average illegal immigrant receives $19,000 a year more in benefits than he or she pays in taxes.  And that adds up to more than $90 billion drained out of the economy every year.

Illegal immigrants are a huge tax drain on Americans.

So I’m thinking as a bunch of illegal immigrants come cruising to California to collect benefits because no one will hassle them here, our near bankrupt state will just keep getting nearer and near to going bankrupt.

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