26 December 2007

Immigration: As Arizona goes, so goes ....?

Well, let's hope not the rest of the country. Arizona has just passed some draconian, not to say stupidly harsh, laws against illegal immigration. It is designed to hit businesses that hire illegals as well as the illegals themselves. Since illegals in Arizona represent about 14% of the workforce this could have dramatic repercussions on Arizona's economy, law enforcement, and society in general.

The Washington Post is pessimistic. Me too. Except for this: we can all watch what happens in Arizona - if it is the disaster that the WaPo thinks it will be, we will be forewarned. If not, we can take that lesson to heart also.

Though I for one would be dumbfounded.

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