Which tells me that these companies are paying undocumented workers 83% of what they otherwise would have to pay. And given one of the big reasons for hiring illegals is to avoid paying SS and other employee taxes, this is a no-win for the state. (ie: keep them == no taxes due to dodging, ship them == no taxes due to no worker)
Since Hazleton, a city of 22,000, approved its law a year ago, about 100 localities have proposed similar ordinances, says the American Civil Liberties Union, which sued Hazleton. Forty have been enacted.
What happens when the immigrants leave?
The tale of Riverside, New Jersey
This small, working-class town on the banks of the Delaware River across from Philadelphia is a cautionary tale in the debate going on in Arizona about immigration reform.
Over the past decade, a renewed demand for construction workers created an influx of undocumented immigrants primarily from Brazil into the New Jersey city. From 2000 to 2005 the small town of 7,911 residents experienced an influx of an estimated 5,000 immigrants.
In July 2006 the town adopted the “Riverside Township Illegal Immigration Relief Act,” an ordinance that imposed heavy fines and possible jail sentences or revocation of business licenses for employers who hired undocumented immigrants and landlords who rented to them. The ordinance went further, penalizing for-profit enterprises who “aid or abet” undocumented immigrants anywhere in the United States such as franchised restaurants.
Though never enforced, the ordinance proved to be economically, legally, and socially devastating. Feeling unwelcome and persecuted, 75 percent of Riverside’s immigrant population moved away, resulting in 45 percent of businesses being boarded up just as they had been before the immigrants arrived.
The loss of tax revenue was compounded by $82,000 in legal fees—the cost of defending the ordinance in court against two lawsuits. The costs put such a large strain on the town that services such as road projects or repairs to the town hall were delayed or prevented.
The ordinance was rescinded in 2007 but the damage had been done. The renewed prosperity and vibrancy of the town was lost and Riverside became a shell of a town with a bad reputation.
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