Friday, May 2, 2008

Erecting Our Own Tombstone: AZ's Employer Sanctions Law

From the National Immigration Law Center, "Erecting Its Own Tombstone: Arizona's Mandatory Basic Pilot/E-Verify Law" (April 2008). Read this PDF. Be sure to scroll all the way through it to catch the nitty gritty. The findings won't shock anyone with two braincells to rub together, but may surprise state Republicons and other Haters.

In other words, our Employer Sanctions law is causing new business to avoid moving to AZ, existing business to avoid expansion and to lose revenue, homes to foreclose, consumer goods, produce, and other marketable objects to languish on shelves, rental units to go unoccupied, the state budget to collapse in on itself, and construction, agriculture, entertainment and service, landscaping to cut back and/or fold. It's causing job losses, profit losses, budget cuts, layoffs, and, mostl likely, increases in all citizens' dependence on our public safety nets.

The good news is that there's never been a faster demonstration of the principles of Karma. What goes around comes around.

Here in AZ, as elsewhere, these measures are taking all the guesswork out of wondering what effects harsh anti-immigrant hate laws will have on state and municipal economies (meaning schools, new highway construction, infrastructure maintenance, emergency/security services, etc.). Now we know. Anti-immigrant laws kill towns, cities, and states.
AZ's Employer Sanctions law's consequences for the state's operating budget and for GOP election prospects are predictably causing a major divide between business and the GOP, which can't be all bad, and making even more of us loathe Russell Pearce and Republicons.

Don't you love it when a plan comes together? I'm talking to you, Gould, Pearce, Harper, Grimes, etc.