Alabama and Georgia
I want to wrap up June with some good news: Hispanics are fleeing Alabama and Georgia.
“They’re leaving now, right now,” Duarte, 36, said during a pause in a pick-up soccer game last week in a neighborhood gym. “I know people who are packing up tonight. They don’t want to wait to see what happens. It started last week. Our league had 12 teams the week before that. Last week, it was eight.”
I’ve waited for this day to come for ten years now. I had already noticed a sharp decline in the number of illegal aliens around here, but hopefully it will now turn into a mass exodus.
(2) Hispanics are also fleeing Georgia:
“An official with the Mexican Consulate in Georgia said his organization has mounted a campaign to educate people about the new law. Demand for passports and other services has been normal lately, the official said.
Still, some Mexican nationals, including Maria Guadalupe Briones, say they are preparing to leave Georgia because of HB 87.
She is planning to move with her husband and three young children from a two-bedroom apartment in Doraville back to Mexico in July. . .
“We don’t want to go to Mexico,” she said in Spanish as she clutched her 5-year-old daughter on her lap. “We hope the new law will not take effect.”
Yes, I know the federal district judge blocked two parts of Georgia’s immigration law, namely the Arizona-style immigration law, but the rest of the immigration package goes into effect tomorrow.
The most important part of the Alabama and Georgia immigration laws is the strong E-Verify provision, which requires employers to verify immigration status, not the Arizona-style immigration law.
Remember, 100,000 illegal aliens have fled Arizona, even though SB 1070 has never been enforced. E-Verify alone will drive out a large number of illegal aliens.
The Alabama immigration law makes it a crime for landlords to rent housing to illegal aliens. The Hazelton city ordinance, which does the same thing, was recently declared constitutional by the Supreme Court.
So, if you are an illegal alien in Alabama and Georgia, and you can’t get a job or rent an apartment, or get access to state welfare programs, and you live under the threat of ever new types of innovative state immigration laws like Arizona-style police checks, you have a strong incentive to move to other states with less enforcement like Kentucky or Michigan.
Eventually, Arizona’s SB 1070 and similar “Arizona-style immigration laws” in Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, Indiana and Utah will go before the Supreme Court, which will decide the constitutionality of the matter.
In the meantime, the flight of illegal aliens from Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina will accelerate. Hopefully, our success in driving out illegal aliens will force state lawmakers in neighboring states to get their act together.