Russell Pearce

After Georgia passed HB 87, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported, “Officials at the Guatemalan, El Salvadoran and Honduran consulates in Georgia say many more people are seeking passports for themselves and dual citizenship for their children so they can return to their home countries amid fears concerning HB 87.”

In Alabama, the New York Times ran the headline about the poultry processing town of Albertville, Alabama entitled “Hispanics flee Alabama Town.” Of course, the title is misleading because only Hispanics who are illegally have any reason to leave. However, later in the piece, they note that after the illegals left, “one of the poultry processing plants in Albertville had a job fair, attracting an enormous crowd, a mix of Hispanic, black and white job-seekers, lining up outside the plant and down the street.”

Not surprisingly, Alabama’s unemployment rate has fallen by 9.3% when the law passed last June to 7.6%--more than three times the decline of the national unemployment rate.

All of this great progress has occurred despite the fact that activist judges have blocked portions of the tough immigration laws. The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments over SB 1070 later this month. I am cautiously optimistic that they will uphold the measure, and if that happens, you can expect the number of illegal immigrants to decline even further.

For years, amnesty supporters have insisted that enforcement does not work. The success in Georgia, Arizona, Alabama, and South Carolina proves them wrong. Instead of harassing the states for enforcing the law, the federal government should follow our lead.


Russell Pearce

Russell Pearce served as President of the Arizona State Senate where he authored SB 1070. He is currently president of Ban Amnesty Now.