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Immigration Law Costs Arizona Millions In Lost Revenue

Immigration Law Costs Arizona Millions In Lost Revenue

Arizona’s controversial new immigration bill has cost the state hundreds of millions of dollars in lost revenue, according to a new study.

For months, the law has been accused of promoting racial profiling and arbitrary enforcement, and infringing on human rights, and now critics can add ‘toxic to fragile state economies’ to that list.

The study was commissioned by The Center for American Progress, a progressive organization that opposed the bill.

The research focused on a very specific section of the hospitality and tourism industry, conference bookings, and did not examine offsetting factors such as lower costs for education or social services as some immigrants have left the state in response to the law (Colorado Independent).

Arizona’s Hotel and Lodging Association publicly reported a combined loss of $15 million in lodging revenue due to meeting cancellations just four months after the bill’s passage, and many feel this is a conservative figure.

The study’s authors estimated that the actual lost lodging revenue from these cancellations is at least three times that amount: $45 million.

When used as a basis for calculating other losses in visitor spending, including average food and beverage, entertainment, in-town transportation, and retail sales this number brings the combined loss of estimated conference attendee spending to a startling $141 million.

In a conference call with reporters Thursday morning, Lea Marquez Peterson, president and CEO of the Tuscon Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, said that Pima County alone used to generate about a billion dollars a year in business from Mexican tourists, much of which has dried up since the law was enacted.

Marquez Peterson also told reporters she has heard of many Hispanic families who have left the state since the law was enacted, and the effect has been especially devastating for some landlords and owners of rental properties who have lost renters who were afraid to stay in Arizona.

Although there’s more to a state’s economy than just lodging and conference bookings, “The small slice we did look at tells a pretty big story,” said Angela Kelley, vice president for immigration policy and advocacy at the Center for American Progress.

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8:57AM PDT on Sep 25, 2012

Thank you.

8:57AM PDT on Sep 25, 2012

Thank you.

1:59PM PDT on Mar 28, 2011

When a country makes the cost and process of immigration too expensive, exclusive and time consuming for any but the wealthy, (by that country's standards) to attain, and only utilizes that criteria for certain countries, races, cultures, that is wrong. When it then sets about exploiting, and allowing it's citizens to exploit these people because they are forced to enter illegally and therefore have no HUMAN rights, it is abominable. When the citizens of this country, defend the inhumane treatment of these illegal immigrants, while enjoying the benefits of their cheap labor, it is unforgiveable. I would venture to say that most of the self-righteous comments written here in defense of our current climate of "ethnic cleansing", were written by people who have NEVER known a day of real hunger, NEVER been de-humanized, raped, beaten and otherwise humiliated while trying to earn a living and NEVER braved the inherant dangers of crossing borders illegally. Yes, I mean YOU!It's easy for an armed coward to beat someone who is at a decided disadvantage, and disgusting to hear them brag about it afterwards. The Arizon law was a move by a bunch of PRIVATE JAIL OWNERS to fill their prisons and pockets! This is a proven fact, do your research. If this is the Capitalism that American is turning to now, canabalism of the weakest, it is shameful and evil to the core. May those of you who espouse this type of exploitation have it returned to you a thousand fold, when you are weak and old

12:32PM PST on Jan 19, 2011

Racial profiling is an abomination. I fell in love with Arizona when I went there... will not go back until they repeal this law...
Has anyone also thought about the men are needed to fulfill military needs? Huh??? Wait... What...? non citizens in the military??? Absolutelly... anyone anywhere, can join any countries military, with benefits & thanks after a positive discharge... so... don't think the border will be locked up toooo tight while the need for military personnel is high.

Lisa H, Nazi Germany doesn't exist... I am German, don't you dare call me a Nazi.... rhetoric like that is insulting, inflammatory, & racist... to me, my gentle relatives, and precious friends back in a beautiful & gracious Germany!!!!!

David N, Please learn the State's Constitutional laws... Of course they have the right. By the same token the citizens have a right to put a contrary bill to vote also. So do your homework, get together with those who know & draw up a bill w/signatures (that is what we are doing here) and get it on the ballet to be voted on by the citizens.

12:30PM PST on Jan 19, 2011

I also want to point out the profiling is disproportionate. Instead of the police using the law to take their aggressions out on legal Hispanic looking people... How the bloody h@!! did Jared Loughner get a gun license & acquire all that weaponry... Have you seen a picture of him....???? The first Walmart he went to took one look at him & refused to sell him ammo...!!!!

Where was profiling when his background was checked by the Arizona Officials.... Arizona is going about it's business all wrong!!!!!!!

12:28PM PST on Jan 19, 2011

Racial profiling is an abomination. I fell in love with Arizona when I went there... will not go back until they repeal this law...
Has anyone also thought about the men are needed to fulfill military needs? Huh??? Wait... What...? non citizens in the military??? Absolutelly... anyone anywhere, can join any countries military, with benefits & thanks after a positive discharge... so... don't think the border will be locked up toooo tight while the need for military personnel is high.

Lisa H, Nazi Germany doesn't exist... I am German, don't you dare call me a Nazi.... rhetoric like that is insulting, inflammatory, & racist... to me, my gentle relatives, and precious friends back in a beautiful & gracious Germany!!!!!

David N, Please learn the State's Constitutional laws... Of course they have the right. By the same token the citizens have a right to put a contrary bill to vote also. So do your homework, get together with those who know & draw up a bill w/signatures (that is what we are doing here) and get it on the ballet to be voted on by the citizens.

3:24PM PST on Jan 1, 2011

The notion that the bill hurts Arizona is a fabrication. What hurts is citizens being gunned down by Mexican drug cartel employees who have little or perhaps not respect for the laws of this land. These people are tying to manipulate public opinion by suggesting that somehow if we kick all of the illegal aliens out that the economy will crash. Frankly, any of the leading economist will tell you that is simply not the case and here is why- The illegal alien who went to the emergency room having severed his hand working on an underground tunnel to bring drugs into the United States. He gets his hand reattached and then rehabilitative services to insure that he has function in the hand. He then promptly sues the hospital, the staff and emergency medical team because he thought that Doctors and nurses should have worked faster. He sues the abulance driver because he did not drive the ambulance faster. His wife is 9 months pregnant when she walks into the same emergency room demanding a doctor. A cescarian must be preformed because the child has been addicted to drugs the last 9 months of its life. The mother then joins the husband and each now have multi-million dollar law suits. They settle out of court and he gets a quarter of a million dollars and whe walks away with a paltry 150,000 dollars. The hospital settles out of court leaving me and every other hard working American to pay for all of the expenses. Multiply that times 796,000 illeagals and tell me about loss of billions

2:34PM PST on Dec 1, 2010

Hope it cost them a bundle. You don't hurt people and get away with it!

2:09PM PST on Nov 30, 2010

Thank you for the information...a follow up would be great with some more statistics on the economic fallout.

I have a sneaking suspicion (my own personal hypothesis) that it will show that, while the law may have suceeded in encouraging undocumented aliens to leave the state, it may also unearth the economic reality...that we need them!

To be continued.... :O)

6:04AM PST on Nov 30, 2010

How can you call someone a biggot regarding this? Good grief, when are you people going to realize they are referring to ILLEGAL immigrants, not people who are here legally?

The comments I have seen on Care2 are not biggoted but expressing the point that we are talking about ILLEGALS. Of course, I am sure you now think I am biggoted because I can actually read what it says....Illegal!! Well if you think I am, so be it. Sorry, but people here illegally do NOT have the same rights that people who take the time to become a legal citizen do.

If you abide by the law and enter "my" country LEGALLY, I more than welcome you. Heck, every person in this country is from immigrant roots except for the Native Americans. They are the only true native born.

I welcome immigrants to this country BUT, make sure it is LEGAL!! Do you honestly think Mexico or any other country for that matter, would let you enter their country illegally, like they do here, then expect to get all the perks from the system that a legal resident would? Not hardly and if you do, your head is in the sand.

Do you honestly support the illegal people that are here, taking advantage of our system? Sorry, but if you are you are just WRONG.

If the federal government won't take care of the problem then YES, the states should do it. It is very obvious the Feds aren't going to.

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