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Morning Bell: Mass Deportation Is Not Needed
Posted By Conn Carroll On January 10, 2008 @ 9:42 am In Ongoing Priorities | Comments Disabled
A favorite straw man of the pro-amnesty crowd  is that the only alternative to granting illegal immigrants citizenship is mass deportation. As a front page USA Today  story on the implementation of Oklahoma’s new ‘Taxpayer Citizen Protection Act’ shows, that is simply not true.
Referred to simply as ‘1804’ by Sooners (a reference to the House Bill’s number in the state legislator), the bill mirrors recommendations by The Heritage Foundation  on how states should respond to the federal government’s refusal to enforce national immigration laws. The law denies driver’s licenses and public benefits to illegals, sanctions employers who knowingly hire illegals, and requires all employers with government contracts to check new hires against a federal database.
USA Today reports that since the law took effect November 1, experts estimate that between 15,000 and 25,000 illegal immigrants have left Tulsa County alone. Hispanic grocer Jim Garcia is quoted, “People are leaving to Mexico or Canada or other states.”
The USA Today story is just the latest anecdotal report of illegal immigrants self-deporting in significant numbers. The AP  reported December 22, that while “there’s no way to know how many illegal immigrants are leaving Arizona” in light of their new enforcement law, “economists, immigration lawyers and people who work in the immigrant community” all agree illegal immigrants are leaving the state voluntarily.
‘Path to citizenship’/amnesty plans always fail  because they communicate to prospective migrants that no matter how they get into our country, as long as they stay long enough, we will eventually reward them with citizenship. If states want to stop importing poverty  at great cost to their taxpayers,  then they need to pass more laws like Oklahoma’s 1804.Update: More from Heritage Distinguished Fellow The Honroable Ernest Istook here .
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URLs in this post:
 pro-amnesty crowd: http://www.whitehouse.gov/stateoftheunion/2007/initiatives/immigration.html
 USA Today: http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2008-01-09-immigcover_N.htm
 The Heritage Foundation: http://www.heritage.org/Research/Immigration/wm1526.cfm
 AP: http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/12/22/immigrants.leave.ap/index.html
 always fail: http://www.heritage.org/Research/Immigration/wm1487.cfm
 importing poverty: http://www.heritage.org/Research/Immigration/SR9.cfm
 great cost to their taxpayers,: http://www.heritage.org/Research/Immigration/tst052107a.cfm
 here: http://www.heritage.org/Press/Commentary/ed102207d.cfm
 The New York Times: http://
 Pentagon announced: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/01/09/AR2008010903724.html
 announced: http://www.boston.com/news/world/asia/articles/2008/01/10/china_set_to_freeze_electricity_fuel_prices/?rss_id=Boston+Globe+--+Today%27s+paper+A+to+Z
 102 court cases: http://www.kansas.com/514/story/276628.html
 unveiled: http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=080110085738.famgz2cp&show_article=1&catnum=1
 Insider: http://www.insideronline.org/
 here: http://www.insideronline.org/blogarchive.cfm?month=1&year=2008#602F74A3-D0DA-4A91-F85DCC02DB966222
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