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New report shows exodus of Arizona immigrants since 2007

August 9th 2012   ·   11 Comments

In the wake of economic recession, broad anti-immigrant legislation, and police crackdowns, Arizona may have lost up to one-quarter of its illegal immigrants. According to a new immigration report from the Center for Immigration Studies, the number of undocumented immigrants living in the state may have dropped by as many as 144,000 people since 2007. In contrast, the report shows that California’s illegal population remains unchanged, while those of Nevada, Texas, and Washington continue to rise.The report estimates that the number of undocumented immigrants in Arizona is between 435,000 and 479,000, down from the 2007 estimate of 579,000. The higher estimate accounts for the U.S. Census Bureau’s estimated 10 percent national undercount of illegal immigrants living in the U.S.

This 17 to 25 percent decrease may be attributed to the recession, which has taken a toll on Arizona’s hospitality, service, and construction jobs. Moreover, anti-immigration state laws and immigration raids led by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio have forced many undocumented immigrants to leave the state.

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Readers Comments (11)

  1. Round up the rest that refuse to leave on their own and deport them COD.

  2. Craig Snead says:

    That sign means “Hit the gas”!

  3. An EXODUS?? Not sure there’s been any sort of thing the past 5 years!

  4. Guess Sheriff Joe is doing his JOB! But the ones staying need to go south NOT east & west! And stay there!

  5. Ken Berner says:

    Great news; fewer liberals to vote in November.

  6. good ca. needs them all then maybe they will change their attitude

  7. They make it sound like LESS are slipping across the border when the TRUTH is they find it a little to HOT to stay in MY state so they head NORTH and EAST where you people are more ACCEPTING of the ILLEGAL INVADERS.

  8. they are probably going back to get another load of drugs for us.

  9. Joni Johnson says:

    Yeah, there were two illegals in a neighbor down the road, shed this week. Make no mistake they are still coming in.

  10. Garry Varga says:

    (12) million illegal aliens have almost killed our health care system,public schools,and increased the crime rate…

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