Arizona’s tough stance on illegal immigration just may be working.
In just three years, the number of Maricopa County-jail inmates suspected of being in the U.S. illegally had dropped by nearly 40%, from 16,337 in 2008 to 9,894 in 2010.
And let’s not forget, that’s 40% less that AZ taxpayers will have to pay for illegal immigrant inmates!
However, this progress in Maricopa County is at odds with the national trend that has shown an increase in the number of deportations of undocumented immigrants within the same time frame.
Some explanations for the decrease and its seeming contradictions:
— The number of immigrants living in Arizona without authorization has decreased as they flock to more tolerant “sanctuary states”.
— Rising deportation figures include all immigrants removed from Arizona by federal agents.
Whatever the reason may be, Arizona is on the right path with at least twenty-two other states also fighting back against the Obama Administration’s Pro-Amnesty approach to “comprehensive immigration reform.”
With its tough anti-illegal immigrant legislation and with Sheriff Joe Arpaio leading the battle against illegal immigration in Maricopa County, Arizona’s numbers should get even better.