This past summer, Arizona began the implementation of its draconian new immigration law, SB-1070. Now, a new study from BBVA Bancomer Research, using data collected by the U.S. Current Population Survey, finds that as many as 100,000 Latinos may have left the state in the time period between when the law was enacted and October of this year:
A new study suggests there may be 100,000 fewer Latinos in Arizona than there were before the debate over the state’s tough new immigration law earlier this year.
BBVA Bancomer Research, which did the study, worked with figures from the U.S. Current Population Survey. The study says the decline could be due to a new law that would allow police to question the immigration status of those they suspect are in the country illegally, which partly took effect in July.
The study is careful to note that it is not claiming that the exodus was a result of Arizona’s new immigration law; another possible factor is a worsening economy. Mexican government figures show that “23,380 Mexicans returned from Arizona to Mexico between June and September” of this year.