Get out before they get you
Arizona's tough new immigration enforcement law
is fueling an exodus of Hispanics from the state
seven weeks before it goes into effect, according
to officials and residents in the state.
Reports from school officials, businesses and
individuals indicate worried Hispanics — both legal
and illegal — are leaving the state in anticipation
of the law, which will go into effect July 29.
Schools in Hispanic areas report unusual drops
in enrollment. The Balsz Elementary School District is 75% Hispanic,
and within a month of the law's passage, the
parents of 70 students pulled them out of school, said District Superintendent
Jeffrey Smith. The district lost seven students
over the same one-month period last year, and parents say the new Arizona
law is the reason for leaving. "They're
leaving to another state where they feel more welcome," he said.
Latinos register as Democrats
The number of Latinos registering to vote as Democrats
in Arizona has jumped from 100 a week
to 500 in the seven weeks since a tough new immigration
law was adopted, The Arizona Republic reports.
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