Illegal Immigrants Forced North, Crackdown along southern border affecting patterns

Illegal immigrants are heading deeper into the U.S. to find work and to avoid deportation as crackdowns in border states like Texas and Arizona make life more difficult for them.

Since 2005 the U.S. Border Patrol has ramped up surveillance along the Southern border, assisted by a National Guard deployment, while state legislatures and local law enforcement authorities also have targeted illegal immigrants.

‘Texas is crawling with Border Patrol agents and the locals are so tuned in that if they see you walking down the street they phone the Border Patrol, who come and deport you,’ said Joe Reyes, 45, who lived illegally for seven years in Houston before being deported last November.

‘I’m heading for North Carolina if I can get back across [the border],’ he said at the Catholic-run shelter in Nuevo Laredo, across the border from Laredo, Texas.

The Bush administration hired thousands more Border Patrol agents in 2006 and 2007 to help deport immigrants who had entered the country illegally or overstayed their visas, to carry out workplace raids, to jail illegals and to help push local police to enforce federal immigration laws.

While workplace raids are common in Central and Northern states, Arizona and Texas are now arguably the toughest places for illegal immigrants.

In Arizona, once a key destination for border crossers, companies are laying off illegal workers after a new law passed by the state’s GOP legislature came into effect on January 1, which severely punishes companies that hire illegals.

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— Economics 101.
— Politics 101.
— Public Policy 101.

On full display.

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Here’s a link to Reuters’ version of events; that report provides much of the source material for this entry.

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