One of the unintended results of Arizona’s controversial SB 1070 and all the negative publicity associated with it has resulted in less legal Mexican visitors, the majority being tourists, coming to the state. The majority of Mexican tourists dropped by 17%, compared to last year, after Governor Jan Brewer signed the law in April.
This is a problem for the state with 24 million legal foreign visitors spending $2.7 billion on hotels, shopping and restaurants. Arizona for its part said the drop off has more to do with the economy than with SB 1070. Regardless of the attributed cause Mexican tourists coming to Arizona sustain 23,400 jobs in the state.