Undocumented Migrants’ Exodus from Arizona Halted After Supreme Court Decision, Says ELCA Synod Bishop

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There is good news since the Supreme Court’s June 25 decision to strike down three provisions of Arizona’s extreme anti-immigration law, SB 1070.

Leading up to and after the signing of the law, about 200,000 of the estimated 450,000 undocumented people left Arizona from the end of 2008 to the beginning of 2010, according to the Rev. Stephen Talmage, bishop of the ELCA Grand Canyon Synod based in Tucson.

Since then, however, the “exodus of undocumented” migrants from the state has stopped, Talmage is quoted as saying in a July 9 post on the ELCA Updates blog.

Talmage says that since the decision, “most undocumented immigrants are taking a ‘wait and see’ attitude in light of the law’s effect being dependent on a lower court’s lifting of the stay on the ‘papers please’ provision, and no one knows when that will be.”

You can learn more about the Arizona experience since the SB 1070 decision by clicking here.

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