If the intent of the Arizona legislature was to get hundreds of thousands of people arrested for immigration violations, then their SB1070 bill for immigration enforcement may never quite deliver. If the intent was to encourage illegal immigrants to leave Arizona, they may claim success even before the first law-enforcement records check takes place. Reuters reports that many “undocumented workers” are preparing to leave:
Next, it reveals the disingenuous response from Washington DC. The federal government keeps saying that it lacks the resources to enforce the laws it has, but quite obviously, Arizona has much fewer resources than the Obama administration, and all they had to do was pass a law and make it stick. If the federal government took its job seriously rather than look to pander to Hispanic voters with its deliberate incompetence on immigration enforcement, the issue would mostly resolve itself with little effort – and the resources remaining would be more than sufficient to deal with those left.