Wow, that was fast. Opponents of the law are pointing to this as evidence of how awful the law is, and proponents are pointing to this as evidence that the law will do what it was intended to do, which is get illegals out of the state:
Arizona’s sweeping immigration bill allows police to arrest illegal immigrant day laborers seeking work on the street or anyone trying to hire them. It won’t take effect until summer but it is already having an effect on the state’s underground economy.
“Nobody wants to pick us up,” Julio Loyola Diaz says in Spanish as he and dozens of other men wait under the shade of palo verde trees and lean against a low brick wall outside the east Phoenix home improvement store.
Many day laborers like Diaz say they will leave Arizona because of the law, which also makes it a state crime to be in the U.S. illegally and directs police to question people about their immigration status if there is reason to suspect they are illegal immigrants.
SEIU is behind many of the protests. Gee, you’d think “big labor” in the US would welcome these kinds of laws that get rid of “under the table” labor, wouldn’t you? I guess the votes illegals provide Democrats, and ultimately the favors Democrats provide big labor, outweigh the union jobs (and subsequent dues payments) they cost big labor.