The little town of Riverside, New Jersey enacted stringent anti-immigration lawsÂ about a year ago, deciding to prosecute anybody who employed or rented to illegal immigrants. The town’s economy tanked and its downtown–thriving a year ago–looks like a ghost town now. The residents had no idea the economic repercussions of enacting the law and are now rethinking it.
Granted, the town is also suffering due toÂ the legal battle they’re fighting as big pro-immigration groups get involved and sue the town for enacting what they deem racist laws. But that is only a small part of their financial woes and, according to this article, the town realizes that it’s not the legal battles that started and perpetuated their problems. They just had no idea how integral illegal immigrants were to the town’s booming economy.