Arizona Law Drives Chinese Job Seekers Away

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NEW YORK — Crossing the Arizona-Mexico border is one of the most common routes Chinese immigrants take to enter the United States illegally, but according to the World Journal, some are planning to change their route. Arizona's new law, SB 1070, makes it a crime to be an undocumented immigrant in the state. Those involved in human smuggling operations within the Chinese community told the newspaper that under the new law, immigrants would face higher chances of arrest, deportation and criminal charges in Arizona. As a result, smugglers are planning to change their route, World Journal reports.

Chinese job seekers are also refusing to take jobs in Arizona, according to the World Journal. According to an employment center located in Manhattan’s Chinatown, there are usually more than 10 job openings a week at Arizona’s Chinese restaurants. But since Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed SB 1070 into law Friday, job seekers -- many of whom are new immigrants -- are choosing not to take jobs there.