The numbers are dramatic, although you shouldn’t expect to hear it trumpeted on your evening news. It simply doesn’t fit the media’s narrative about “traumatized Latinos” and “crops rotting in the fields” that we heard all Summer long after Alabama’s Governor Bentley signed their tough immigration law H.B. 56.
What was really happening in all that time is nothing short of an economic miracle. As we reported last month, in the wake of tens of thousands of fleeing illegal aliens from Alabama, thousands of Alabamans were being hired – producing a sharp drop in the unemployment rate – particularly in comparison with neighboring states.
Then in October, after Federal District Judge Sharon Lovelace Blackburn upheld most portions of H.B. 56 – there was a second wave of departures of illegals from Alabama, who had stayed on in the hopes that the law would be blocked as it was in Arizona in 2010. This wave produced an acceleration in job creation, as the November statistics revealed.
The results speak for themselves – particularly in Marshall County, Alabama’s “known hotbed of illegal immigrant labor”, which had among the highest percentage of illegal alien workers in the state:
As state Rep. Wes Long, R-Guntersville, whose district includes part of Marshall County, said:
“Critics of Alabama’s crackdown on immigration have gone out of their way to claim this law somehow harms Alabama’s economy, but the facts continue to prove the opposite. There’s no question that cracking down on illegal immigration has had a positive effect on the economy, particularly in Marshall County.”
State Rep. Kerry Rich, R-Albertville, whose district also includes Marshall County, agreed:
“You can’t argue with facts,” Representative Rich said. “Since we passed a law cracking down on illegal immigration, communities in Marshall County have fewer citizens on the unemployment rolls and more citizens in jobs.”
These are facts. Cracking down on illegal aliens creates jobs.
Because the mantra of the open-borders crowd – that illegals “do the jobs Americans won’t do” – is a lie.
For every illegal with a job there is an American without one. And at a time when both parties in Washington, D.C. have no answers to our economic decline - Arizona-style immigration laws are the simplest and most effective way to put Americans back to work.
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