The Alabama Legislature passed House Bill 56 which upheld the federal law already on the books. The Obama administration refuses to enforce federal immigration law.
Bill 56 requires public schools to check students’ immigration status, criminalizes giving an undocumented immigrant a ride (they are looking for illegal border crossings), requires employers to use E-Verify to check potential employees’ status, and instructs police to check the immigration status of anyone they stop if they suspect the person of being an undocumented immigrant.
Many of the supporters of this bill are Latinos who came here illegally. The bill is driving the far left insane but to date unemployment has dropped dramatically as illegals flee the state.
A typical left wing reaction is that of Michael Fitzmorris –
“I find House Bill 56 to be a naked, racist political ploy, and one that will cost Alabama taxpayers millions to defend in court,” said Michael Fitzmorris, a junior who serves as the Vice President of the Alabama College Democrats. “Alabama is less than 50 years removed from the Civil Rights Era, and would do well to avoid embracing costly, hateful mistakes of the past.” Read here: CW UA EDU
State education officials estimated that over 2,000 Latino students were absent from schools on the first day the new law came into affect. The left sees this as a terrible reflection on the Alabaman sense of hospitality and compassion. What they are ignoring is that we are a country with borders and we have a right to demand people come here legally. All these side stories of compassion, racism, political ploys, et al are straw men.
One problem with illegal immigration is that illegals take jobs from Americans.
Townhall has the following perspective –
…Patriots rallied for the rule of law and held the politicians’ feet to the fire. Speakers at the rally included mothers of Hispanic babies, victims of crimes of illegal immigration, and those exploited by the failed permissive policy on immigration. Politicians, especially Alabama Senators, listened to the people, and stood firm on their promise to keep the law in place that upholds the rule of law.
The Department of Justice sued, but the bill was upheld in court.
Immediately after the bill (HB 56) was passed, the unemployment rate began to drop. Since the bill passed last legislative session, in some counties, unemployment has dropped dramatically. For example, unemployment has gone from 10%-6.9% in the former illegal immigrant hotbed of Marshall County, Alabama…Read here: Townhall