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There’s something disingenuous about Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s statement that her state’s new anti-immigration law (SB 1070) arose in part because “the federal government has refused to fix” a crisis in immigration. I’m rather certain most of the supporters of SB 1070 (Sen. John McCain being an exception) are the same people who adamantly opposed bilateral immigration reform proposals in the last two Congresses.
Moreover, it’s not clear what Arizona hopes to accomplish with the law. Sure, some unauthorized persons will leave or stay away, but not all. Arizona’s law will likely further damage their state’s economy even without any boycotts. It will make law enforcement more difficult and will certainly create an atmosphere of distrust and division.
Michael Worrall, Denver