Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Hispanics flee Arizona ahead of immigration law - USATODAY.com

Hispanics flee Arizona ahead of immigration law - USATODAY.com

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.

Though no one has precise figures, 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.

"If I were alone, I'd try to stay. But I have a family, and I have to find a place where we can live with more freedom," said Cruz, who hopes to move July 4 to blend in with holiday weekend traffic. "This is getting too hard."

Paul Senseman, a spokesman for Brewer, said it's difficult to gauge how many people are leaving because of the law, but he said he hears similar reports of people leaving the state. "If that means that fewer people are breaking the law, that is absolutely an accomplishment," he said.

By Alan Gomez, USA TODAY

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