Study: Arizona's Law Against Illegal Immigration Worked

The rage of the New York Times, which is about 8% owned by its 2008 financial savior / telecom monopolist Carlos Slim (who profits exorbitantly from phone calls by illegal immigrants home to Mexico), against the state of Arizona turns out to be empirically based: Arizona citizens had been effectively organizing to resist illegal immigration through rule of law:
Sarah Bohn
Public Policy Institute of California 
Magnus Lofstrom
Public Policy Institute of California and IZA 
Steven Raphael
Goldman School of Public Policy University of California, Berkeley and IZA

Abstract 
We test for an effect of Arizona's 2007 Legal Arizona Workers Act (LAWA) on the proportion of the state population characterized as non-citizen Hispanic. We use the synthetic control method to select a group of states against which the population trends of Arizona can be compared. We document a notable and statistically significant reduction in the proportion of the Hispanic noncitizen population in Arizona. The decline observed matches the timing of LAWA's implementation, deviates from the time series for the synthetic control group, and stands out relative to the distribution of placebo estimates for other states in the nation.

A number of years ago I had the opportunity to meet the strong man of the political resistance in Arizona, state senate president Russell Pearce, before he was brought down by establishment GOP maneuvering in a 2011 recall election. At the time, the former sheriff who had been wounded a couple of times in the line of duty, reminded me of another white-haired Arizona politician. He was like John McCain, except on the side of Americans.

Today, though, I'm reminded of another white-haired security warrior turned politician: Ariel Sharon.