“The Economic Case Against Arizona’s Immigration Laws”

That's the name of this article by Alex Nowrasteh of the Cato Institute. Here's the abstract:

immigration laws have hurt its economy. The 2007 Legal Arizona Workers
Act (LAWA) attempts to force unauthorized immigrants out of the
workplace with employee regulations and employer sanctions. The 2010
Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act (SB 1070)
complements LAWA by granting local police new legal tools to enforce
Arizona’s immigration laws outside of the workplace. LAWA’s mandate of
E-Verify, a federal electronic employee verification system, and the
“business death penalty,” which revokes business licenses for businesses
that repeatedly hire unauthorized workers, raise the costs of hiring
all employees and create regulatory uncertainty for employers. As a
result, employers scale back legal hiring, move out of Arizona, or turn
to the informal economy to eliminate a paper trail. SB 1070’s
enforcement policies outside of the workplace drove many unauthorized
immigrants from the state, lowered the state’s population, hobbled the
labor market, accelerated residential property price declines, and
exacerbated the Great Recession in Arizona. LAWA, E-Verify, and the
business death penalty are constitutional and are unlikely to be
overturned; however the Supreme Court recently found that some sections
of SB 1070 were preempted by federal power. States now considering
Arizona-style immigration laws should realize that the laws also cause
significant economic harm. States bear much of the cost of unauthorized
immigration, but in Arizona’s rush to find a state solution, it damaged
its own economy.



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