May 5, 2010
In the middle of the controversy over Arizona's new illegal immigration law, it is already working. The Associated Press reports many of the cars that once stopped in the Home Depot parking lot in Phoenix looking for day laborers are no longer coming around.
"No one wants to pick us up," says one, in Spanish of course.
Many day laborers are already leaving because of the law and because of the economy. There just aren't that many jobs. An estimated 100,000 illegal immigrants have left Arizona in the past two years as the state began to crack down on them.
When illegals leave, jobs open up for legal residents. And the crime rate will also go down. These people are already lawbreakers and so breaking other laws apparently is no problem for them.
In Prince William County, Virginia, which used to be a magnet for illegal immigrants, stronger law enforcement has brought a sharp decline both in illegals and in the crime rate.
This issue is a winner for Republicans if they will take advantage of it.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.