Arizona shows us what Prop. 187 would have looked like

California voters, including Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido, passed Prop. 187, which would have denied benefits to undocumented immigrants. But the law was overturned by a court, and Governor Gray Davis did not defend it. Now we can see what Prop. 187 might have looked like, in Arizona, where Republicans are having a field day as laws like 187 are passing in abundance – and immigrants are fleeing in droves.

“In recent years it has barred illegal immigrants from receiving government services, from winning punitive damages in lawsuits and from posting bail for serious crimes. A new state law shuts down businesses that hire illegal workers. And the sheriff of Maricopa County, which includes Phoenix and three-fifths of the state’s population, dispatches his deputies and volunteer “posses” to search for illegal street vendors or immigrants being smuggled through the county,” according to the L.A. Times.

The new laws in Arizona have hurt U.S. citizens in the process – but the Republicans passing the laws could care less. Here are just a few examples of how the laws in Arizona are hurting those who are here legally, as cited by the L.A. Times:

  • Juan Carlos Ochoa, a naturalized U.S. citizen who lives in an upper-middle-class subdivision near Phoenix named Laguna Hills, can’t find a job because a government database classifies him as a possible illegal immigrant.
  • Pauline Mu

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