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Alabama Immigration Law Too Extreme

Cara Palmer |
September 30, 2011 | 1:17 a.m. PDT

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(Claudia de la Garza, Creative Commons)
(Claudia de la Garza, Creative Commons)
U.S. District Judge Sharon Blackburn has reviewed a new immigration law in Alabama. She has upheld some of the provisions, while striking down others.

Under the new immigration law, police are authorized “to conduct immigration checks during routine traffic stops” and public schools are required “to check students’ immigration status upon enrollment,” according to the Huffington Post.

Judge Blackburn blocked two provisions that made it “illegal to harbor or transport an undocumented immigrant,” and also made it a crime “for illegal immigrants to solicit work in the state.”

As it is, Blackburn ruled that “federal law does not prohibit state officials from checking the immigration status of students or suspects pulled over by police. Blackburn also refused to stop provisions that make it a misdemeanor for illegal immigrants not to carry immigration papers, allow police to hold suspected illegal immigrants without bond and bar state courts from enforcing contracts entered into by illegal immigrants.” Undocumented immigrants are now criminals; rather than simply being in violation of civil law, they will be in violation of criminal law in Alabama.

Yes, steps should be taken to curb illegal immigration. But those steps should not be so drastic as to violate the civil liberties of those involved.

These kinds of draconian immigration laws promote an ideology totally at odds with the traditional attitude toward immigration in the United States, an attitude that welcomed and celebrated the different skills and cultures brought to the “melting pot” that built the United States. Laws such as these are tearing down that vision by essentially legalizing racism.

Not only that, but these kinds of laws also bring this nation one step closer to the institution of a police state. Requiring a certain subset of the population to carry papers at all times may be the first step toward requiring everyone to carry them in the future.

Mary Bauer, legal director for the Southern Poverty Law Center, stated, “Today is a dark day for Alabama…This decision not only places Alabama on the wrong side of history but also demonstrates that the rights and freedoms so fundamental to our nation and its history can be manipulated by hate and political agendas – at least for a time.”


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angel (not verified) on October 1, 2011 10:28 AM

I love how the media trys to make it look like a bad thing that illegals are being held to the same standard as the american people. I can not enroll my kids in school with out a bc or drive a car without out a dl so why should people who creeped into our counrty be allowed to?

angel (not verified) on October 1, 2011 10:22 AM

I love how the media trys to make it look like a bad thing that illegals are being held to the same standard as the american people. I can not enroll my kids in school with out a bc or drive a car without out a dl so why should people who creeped into our counrty be allowed to?

Woody (not verified) on September 30, 2011 3:34 PM

After considering the problems, crime, and financial drain created by California's embracement of illegal immigrants, Alabama's law looks pretty good. If you disagree, AMTRAK goes from Alabama to California, and some rail cars can be added to let Calfornia have the ones that Alabama doesn't appreciate.

Dave Francis (not verified) on September 30, 2011 11:21 AM

E-Verify! So what is E-Verify? E-Verify originated at some stage in President Bush administration in 1986. This computer verification system has been updated and revised over many years and now growing in popularity, amongst the 271, 460 honest business concerns, as of last June. Then since the 1986 Simpson/Mazzoli bill (The Immigration Reform and Control (IRCA) Act) intended to stop the flow after the mass amnesty but the surge of illegal persons has not stopped and now the population has risen above 20 million or more. E-Verify require employers to inspect documentation from each newly hired employee, to prove his or her identity and eligibility to be hired in the United States. This act led to the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, requiring employees to confirm of their work eligibility, and employers to certify that the documents presented credibly appear to be legitimate and to relate to the individual. The only problem where the E-Verify is concerned today, it’s not mandated and only on a volunteer basis in most situations.

This is not anything about anti-Hispanic, black, white, Asian or any other nationality. There is a huge space between the legal and illegal. Plus these illegal newcomer majorities have no interest in assimilation; learning the language but here for all the money entitlement programs. Research what foreign nationals can claim—IN YOUR STATE-- that are denied to the gullible taxpayers. It’s specific in condemning 30 years of unfortunate administrations of nonchalant enforcement of illegal immigration. This is completely indifferent to the after effects of growing populations of people without no papers and no rights. We must hope that the next president has a policy of strengthening our boundaries and our immigration laws, which entails policing with E-Verify, Secure Communities and the 287G federal training policies for local authorities.

This year Rep. Lamar Smith's has sponsored a mandated E-Verify bill (H.R. 2885), known as the “Legal Workforce Act" to substantiate as the most predominant problem solver for Americans in the jobless lines. Lamar Smith's E-Verify bill is the only true method we have, to contain this contagion of people, who think they are justified in trespassing in this sovereign nation. For years the federal government has ignored the claims, that they have ignored the mass movement of illegal aliens entering America illegally. It was the prior Wednesday that the House Judiciary Committee passed Smith's Legal Workforce Act afternoon 22-to-13. Only two amendments were approved by the committee, including one offered by Chairman Smith himself. The bill, H.R.2885, would require all employers to use E-Verify within 2 years for all non-agricultural new hires, while requiring federal, state and local agencies to check current employees as well within 6 months.

In Alabama a federal judge Blackburn opened the door to further enforcement, which next to E-Verify is the most extreme law in the land, against the illegal alien invasion. Alabama, Indiana, Georgia and Arizona are the only states who have passed state laws, to protect its own legal citizens that are not in favor of financially supporting anybody who slips across our permeable fence or dodges other port entries. It’s understandable that every foreigner who is poor, the deprived want to come to America. But with our own citizens, green card holders and legal foreigners hurting financially, no illegal alien should ever be hired, now or ever.

The financials are astronomical either through legal means or through extensive fraud. Whether its most entitlement being absorbed by the foothold baby citizenship law, or the crushing effect of money in health care, education and imprisonment. Billions of dollars have gone to satisfy people who have come through sponsorship, using the CHAIN MIGRATION laws. These laws have been forced upon us by the courts, that laid down the law that taxpayers must financially support people from abroad, whether we like it or not.

A permanent, E-Verify in future terms will become the most important tool, to divide legal workers from foreign nationals, returning the opportunity to all persons here legally. All the information on those who are out to defeat it and everything you want to know is available at NumbersUSA and Judicial Watch. Readers are offered the chance to read daily newspaper information, which generally is not seen in the Liberal press and startling disclosures at their website.

You as a taxpayer and a voter can attribute your influence, to millions of TEA PARTY members, independents, lost liberals, Democrats and Republicans by adding to the people’s push for America’s new lease on life. Contact your own local Senator or Representative or federal politician at 202-224-3121. Do you yearn to stop to illegal immigration, a brand new tax code with no loopholes for the wealthy or corporation and other slippery entities? Do you desire smaller government and uncorrupted lawmakers? Do you crave fair Trade Treaties, not what we have at this present time? Only the TEA PARTY can give you the freedom from overreaching government; the reams of regulations are stopping people from creating new businesses.

No Copyright ever. Americans must be exposed to the truth, not lies. Become a Whistle Blower if you notice illegal alien hired or working, to ICE at) division at 1-866-DHS-2ICE (866-347-2423). SEE SOMETHING? DO SOMETHING?