A study coming from Mexico found that there may be 100,000 less Latinos in Arizona post-SB 1070. BBVA Bancomer Research did the study using U.S. Current Population Survey numbers, finding that since July, 22,380 Mexicans returned from Arizona (between June and September).
About 30% of Arizona’s population, or 1.9 million people, were Latino as of 2008 and many of the state’s immigrants were working in the construction industry. Thus, another explanation for the drop in population could be the slow economy — it does cost less to live in Mexico, after all.[Image via FEMA]