Josh Lederman
The Hill
February 13, 2012

Immigration crackdowns in Arizona and Alabama are succeeding in persuading illegal immigrants to voluntarily leave the country, the co-author of tough immigration laws in both of those states said Saturday.

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, an ardent opponent of illegal immigration who has endorsed Mitt Romney, said jobs are opening up for Americans and school budgets flourishing thanks to tough new policies.

“If you want to create a job for a U.S. citizen tomorrow, deport an illegal alien today,” Kobach said to boisterous applause at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

Since Arizona passed the Legal Arizona Workers Act in 2007 requiring Arizona employers to use the E-Verify system, “people started self-deporting by the tens of thousands,” Kobach said.

He also argued that Arizona’s primary and secondary education system had seen a “surprise surplus” of almost $50 million.

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