Arizona welcomes refugees but hunts down illegal immigrants

Despite the state of Arizona’s recent proposed anti-illegal immigration law that was severely modified before being passed, Arizona is becoming known as a haven for refugees from war-torn countries like Iraq, Somalia and Myanmar.

The famous Arizona law had dealt with illegal immigrants, but thousands upon thousands of legal immigrants and refugees are welcome in Arizona, and are even given grants to start businesses and buy homes along with free hospital care.

Arizona is in fourth place out of the entire United States when it comes to taking in numbers of refugees per capita, higher than California, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

A vice president at the International Rescue Committee, a refugee settlement organization, told the New York Times this week that,  “In the degree of welcome and receptivity we see, I would certainly put Arizona at the top.” Before the recession there were many jobs available for non and poorly English speaking immigrants or refugees, including child care, house cleaning and landscaping jobs.

Arizona State Senator and critic of illegal immigration Russell Pearce also told the New York Times that, “We’re not anti-immigrant – never have been. But we expect people to follow the law.”

Last year Arizona welcomed almost 5,000 refugees, but is expected to contain almost 400,000 illegal immigrants.

Michael Niren

About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more

The content and comments of this blog are not legal advise and and may not be accurate or complete. If you require legal advice, contact a licensed legal practitioner directly. If you post on this blog, you assume full responsibility for disclosing your identity to the public and VisaPlace nor its affiliates are not responsible for protecting your privacy nor your identity concerning your participation in our blog and you assume any risks in participating.

Customer Reviews

Here’s my good advice; Lawyer up. ...and if your looking for a group of lawyers to help with your international affairs regarding visas and work permits; these professionals are top notch. I’ve had a great experience, they got the job done, and my job was very complicated. Rania Abboud, high five to you especially, you set up a great plan for success, replied to my questions very quickly, kept me informed and your very knowledgeable in your field. To everyone else at VisaPlace; Thank you as well. As a business owner myself I immediately recognized the way your team works so effectively! I wish you all the best of success. J.

Jason Mayerin the last week

The team at the Visa place as very thorough in the preparation of my application which I am sure made a difference. They guided the process well to a successful outcome. Would recommend them for sure.

Brad Davies2 weeks ago

I hired them for my study permit application! I had been denied twice and thanks to them the 3rd try was a success. Lisa Inspektor was my main contact. She is Very nice and polite. I strongly recommend you to go with them! The money you’re gonna spend is gonna be worth it

landry walker3 weeks ago

Associations