Since I live here in Phoenix Arizona, I thought I'd chime in as I am at ground zero and experience this every day. I have allot to say and some
interesting facts which should shed some light on how much worse it is going to get.
About one third of our city is Mexico. Yes... Mexico. If you drive south of a street called McDowell and west of a street called 15th avenue you will
be in Mexico. No American signs (except for street signs) no American shops, and well..no Americans... only Mexicans.
We have been unable to quantify the actual number of illegals entering our state but it is mind baffling...in the hundreds of thousands of border
crossings a month each way.
Did you know that the second largest source of income for the country of Mexico is money sent there from America? These are dollars that will never be
"repatriated"...lost to fuel another country's economy.
Drive to any Home Depot (For those whom don't know it's a huge home building and do it yourself warehouse chain) and you will see many times
hundreds of illegals waiting out front for day labor jobs... and they work cheap....$8.00 an hour for whatever you want them to do. Then watch a cop
drive by and they all scramble.
We have a sheriff name Joe Arapiao. He is widley recognized as the toughest sheriff in the country. We have a jail system that consists of "Tent
City" see attached image:
Yes you are sing that right, old military tents and that is an inmate whom are issued pink underwear and yes we do have chain gangs see image:
And he is the only law enforcement official in the state to have his deputies trained and certified to be immigration officers.
I don't have a problem with immigrants. My family immigrated here from Alsace Lorraine before it was absorbed by France after world war 2. But what I
do have a problem with are those that immigrate here illegally. Coming to America illegally trivializes the honest immigrants work they have put in to
become citizens on the United States.
This situation is going to get much worse for Arizona.
1) The recent law passes only a few months ago barring any business from hiring illegals is starting to show its effects. The worst hit industry is
the farm harvesting workers needed to harvest crops. No one will do the job for the money offered and as such our crops will go wasted or prices will
sky rocket as domestic labor rates will cause a trickle down effect.
2) A new law coming up which will be the death nail in this city is making it illegal to rent to illegal immigrants. Already many apartment complexes
have lost 40% of their occupants from the enactment of the first law, and now with this new law, we will see huge swaths of housing developments
apartments and all of the business that support them go out of business.
Just last week I was talking to a legal Hispanic electrician. He had to fire all of his illegal employees and is downsizing his business, selling his
truck and working out of one truck...he gave me his card begging me for any work.
Im my view from ground zero, Arizona is toast. Our real estate based economy supported by cheap labor is facing the worst recession of our states
history. Even in the fancy area of town called Scottsdale there are something like 4,000 foreclosures EACH MONTH!!!
Hold on kiddos...this is going to get rough!