Arizona Immigration Bill SB-1070 Prompts Mass Exodus of Hispanics

Protests Over Immigration Bill SB-1070

Newscast Media — The controversial Arizona immigration bill SB-1070 that went into effect in July has caused a mass exodus of Hispanics from the state, a new study finds. Using data collected by the U.S. Current Population Survey, BBVA Bancomer Research finds that as many as 100,000 Latinos may have left the state in the time period between when the law was enacted and October of this year.

The research found there may be 100,000 fewer Latinos in Arizona than there were before the debate over the state’s tough new immigration law earlier this year.

The study also implies that the exodus could be due to a new law that would allow police to question the immigration status of those they suspect are in the country illegally, which partly took effect in July.

On Wednesday, the Mexican government released figures that state 23,380 Mexicans returned to Mexico from Arizona between June and September of 2010.