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- 05-24-2012, 12:55 PM #1
Alabama's bad road on immigration
Alabama's bad road on immigration
The state's tough immigration law is reinforced, in picayune ways, doing further damage to the state's reputation.
Protesters march outside the Alabama Capitol in Montgomery, Ala. during a demonstration against the state's immigration laws. (Dave Martin / Associated Press / November 15, 2011)
Apparently, Alabama lawmakers felt they hadn't gone far enough last year when they enacted the most draconian immigration law in the nation, which, among other things, required schools to determine the immigration status of their students. Now, the Legislature has revised the law to ensure that it does further damage to the state's reputation and stirs even more fear among Latinos.
Under the revised law, known as HB 658, all undocumented immigrants who appear in court for any violation of state law will find their names published on the official state website, along with the names of the judges assigned to their cases and the dispositions. It's hard to imagine what useful purpose such information might provide other than to shame immigrants and to allow anti-immigrant groups to exert pressure on judges.
Another new provision requires the state's Department of Homeland Security to compile an annual progress report updating the Legislature on how efforts to rid Alabama of illegal immigrants are coming along. That will make little difference in the life of most Alabamians, since less than 2% of the state's residents are believed to be in the country illegally.
The changes came during a special session in which Gov. Robert J. Bentleyhad sought to soften the law by removing some of its worst provisions, several of which have led to federal lawsuits. The Justice Department has already sued the state, as it has Arizona, arguing that the law interferes with the federal government's sole authority to regulate immigration. But state Sen. Scott Beason and state Rep. Micky Hammon chose to ignore the more moderate voices, including law enforcement groups and farmers, who rightfully worry that the law is harming, not helping, the state. Those fears are well-founded. Since the law was passed, growers have reported labor shortages that have led to rotting crops and financial losses.
Sadly, the Alabama Legislature once again proved itself incapable of embarrassment. How else can it say the revisions were needed to protect residents and save jobs? The only thing lawmakers and the governor achieved with HB 658 was to add another dark chapter to Alabama's troubled history.
Immigration law goes from bad to worse in Alabama - latimes.com
- 05-24-2012, 12:56 PM #2
It is all in the perception.
Most Alabama citizens are pleased that immigration law will be enforced. By enforcing our laws, Alabama avoids the risk of falling into the financial hole and bankruptcy that California finds itself in by supporting another country on the backs of it's citizens.
Most people in Alabama really don't care what the LA Times has to say about what goes on in Alabama. I have to admit that the negative articles are helpful in discouraging California's overflow illegal population from considering Alabama as a destination when California has to finally turn off the money spigot.
Margaret Thatcher, in a TV interview for Thames TV This Week []on Feb. 5, 1976, Prime Minister Thatcher said,
"...and Socialist governments traditionally do make a financial mess. They [socialists] always run out of other people's money. It's quite a characteristic of them."
Last edited by Newmexican; 05-24-2012 at 01:52 PM.
- 05-24-2012, 01:24 PM #3Under the revised law, known as HB 658, all undocumented immigrants who appear in court for any violation of state law will find their names published on the official state website, along with the names of the judges assigned to their cases and the dispositions. It's hard to imagine what useful purpose such information might provide other than to shame immigrants and to allow anti-immigrant groups to exert pressure on judges.
Hard to imagine for illegal aliens, and of course LaRaza and their employers.
Who hasn't walked into one of the tens of thousands of grocery or mom-and-pop stores across the country and not seen a 'BAD CHECK LIST' posted at the cash register? Many even post this on their store billboards out front by the roads and highways.
TALK ABOUT EFFECTIVE!
This is most excellent news indeed.U.S. Constitution - Article IV, Section 4: GUARANTEES AMERICA FROM INVASION!