Proponents say that prohibiting this service to the undocumented curtails the amount of people crossing our border with Mexico. They also believe the act is necessary to comply with the Illegal Immigrant Reform and Immigrant Reconciliation Act of 1996. However, the federal law cited doesn't require such a measure, and the effect of the legislation will have a negligible effect upon the undocumented population.
Anti-tax conservatives believe the state will save millions with this prohibition. However, built into Proposition 300 is an unfunded mandate shifting taxpayer money into a college bureaucracy which checks student immigration status and ensures they have proper identification proving residency. The legislators backing the initiative do not account for the long term effects the prohibition will have on Arizona's economic health. College graduates becoming professionals are highly productive taxpayers. On the other hand, those without professional skills may end up on any number of state subsistence programs and even in the criminal justice system, committing more of the states' financial resources to corrections.
So the measure produces no tax relief for Arizonans, potentially raises taxes in the future, creates an unnecessary state bureaucracy, isn't applicable to federal immigration law, and won't keep the undocumented from crossing our border with Mexico. What exactly do Arizonans gain from approving Proposition 300?
The answer is nothing. The real winners if this initiative passes will be businesses that want compliant workers who won't complain about low wages, working conditions, an absence of health benefits and overtime pay. When democrats in the Arizona legislature floated a Bill that provided sanctions for businesses hiring the undocumented, the republican majority opposed the measure with tremendous vehemence. I suspect the indignant state senators co-sponsoring the original legislation that led to Proposition 300 blanch at the thought of creating a path to citizenship and prosperity for the undocumented.