Forsyth County, North Carolina is a perfect example of what happens to states that participate in the enforcement of immigration laws, and those who don’t. Since South Carolina, Alabama and Georgia threw down the gauntlet, illegals are looking for a refuge. They found it in the Old North State. The Winston-Salem Journal reported the following:
Forsyth County’s Hispanic population grew at a faster rate than that of whites, blacks and Asians in the year from 2011 to 2012, new estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau show.
Although they make up about 12.4 percent of the county’s population, Hispanics contributed about 35 percent of the population growth that the county experienced, according to the Census Bureau. The county grew by an estimated 3,683 people from 2011 to 2012.
The Census Bureau estimated Forsyth County’s Hispanic population at 44,267 for 2012, up 3 percent from 2011 and 6 percent since the 2010 Census.
The Hispanic population grew a little faster from 2011 to 2012 than in the equivalent period the year before, a factor some attributed to the improving economy.
“More jobs are opening around the area,” said Hernando Ramirez, the executive editor of Que Pasa, a Spanish-language newspaper in the Triad. “Construction is going well, and it is sometimes difficult for companies that hire construction workers to find workers to do these jobs. The economy is getting better day by day and the Latino population is growing because of that.”
The Census Bureau said that 60 percent of the nation’s increase in Asians was because of international migration, but that the main driver of the Hispanic increase was a natural one — more births than deaths.
Ramirez said that North Carolina’s Hispanic population may be increasing in part because of stricter immigration laws passed in nearby states.
“South Carolina and Georgia approved very harsh immigration laws in the past couple of years, so part of the immigrant population moves to a friendly state,” Ramirez said. “We are seeing a reduction in immigrants coming from outside the country.”
Hear that North Carolina? We are friendly to illegal aliens. Yet, we have a real unemployment rate of about 11%. I wouldn’t say that is friendly to the citizens of this state.