Two Days

July 27, 2010

In just two days Arizona's controversial law is scheduled to go into effect.  Already the law is impacting the state.  As far back as April, both legal and illegal immigrants have been leaving the state, pulling children out of schools, abandoning apartments, and causing the closure of local businesses as a result of their exodus.

Reuters reported:
In a sign of a gathering exodus, Mexican businesses from grocers and butcher shops to diners and beauty salons have shut their doors in recent weeks as their owners and clients leave.

On Saturday and Sunday, Reuters counted dozens of impromptu yard sales in Latino neighbourhoods in central and west Phoenix.

"They wanted to drive Hispanics out of Arizona and they have succeeded even before the law even comes into effect," said Aguilar, 28, a mother of three young children who was also offering a few cherished pictures and a stereo at one of five sales on the same block.

...While the law targets undocumented migrants, legal residents and their U.S.-born children are getting caught up in the rush to leave Arizona.
More disturbing is news that the Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio plans a "crime and immigration sweep." This will be his 17th sweep, which will be held even if Judge Bolton issues an order for a preliminary injunction to stop the law. The sheriff is reportedly "making room in a vast outdoor jail." From AP:
Arpaio, known for his tough stance against illegal immigration, plans to send about 200 deputies and volunteers out, looking for traffic violators, people wanted on criminal warrants and others. He's used that tactic before to arrest dozens of people, many of them illegal immigrants. 
"We don't wait. We just do it," he said. "If there's a new law out, we're going to enforce it."
He said that the space he made in the complex of military surplus tents can handle 100 people, and that he will find room for more if necessary.
For years the notorious Maricopa County sheriff has been accused of "of discriminatory police practices, unconstitutional searches and seizures, and allegations of national origin discrimination" and is now under investigation by the US DoJ.

Protesters from around the country are planning rallies at the Capital and Courthouse. Thousands will show up without identification, daring the police to arrest them.

Others continue to boycott the state. The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Phoenix Economic Council put up a website, to try to stop the boycotts,, which are adversely affecting the economy.  Another site calls for people to boycott the state: . Arizona can look forward to a loss of revenue as tourists and conventions avoid the state.

From the Boycott Intolerance site:


Anonymous said...

It will be interesting to see what people will fill the void of the workers that are leaving. Who will bring in the harvest? along with the other jobs. Could this be a learning curve for the NMI?
Also this sheriff has been doing this for a long time and has not gotten any problems with the Feds.
Are any of his "illegals" turned over tho the Feds for action or does he just "hang" on to them under local laws?

The Saipan Blogger said...

One month of mowing their own lawns and watching their own kids will have Republicans clamoring for a repeal.

Anonymous said...

When Iraq invaded Kuwait the Kuwaitis' greatest complaint was losing their contract Filipino workers, maids and farmers. Same thing here. Junior... you gonna have to do some machete work and shoveling today Boy! Mary, time to learn to iron, wash clothes, and cook some food for your family....
The Teacher will need to push for Home Economics at MHS in addition to the AP classes!

Anonymous said...

Angelo, it's liberal Democrats who rely on others to mow their lawns and care for their kids. Self-reliant Republicans do it themselves, including having one spouse as a full-time homemaker if possible, at least for the early years of childhood.

NPR reported this morning that tourism to Arizona has actually increased despite the boycott, and that a majority of voters there support the new law.

Wendy said...

Anonymous 1:39

The statement about Democrats, Republicans or liberal relying on others are not backed up with facts. I know both Democrats and republicans who have employed household help and lawn care services.

Yes, tourism HAS increased (for now) due to all of the reporters pouring in to cover the story and busloads of protesters arriving to rally agianst the law.

Anonymous said...

Judge Bolton has issued her order granting a preliminary injunction as to Sections 2 (part), 3, 5 (part), and 6 of S.B. 1070.

I have e-mailed you a copy.

Captain said...

Wendy, The judge has blocked part of this law from taking affect in Arizona

Wendy said...

Thank you anonymous and Captain. I was writing the post while you were writing these messages! See above!

Anonymous 4:21 -Thanks so much!