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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

Alabama Apparently Not Ready to Put Past Behind It

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It's no longer legally or socially acceptable for leaders in Alabama to pass laws that overtly target African Americans. Fortunately, they have a new outlet for their hate. Alabama can now lay claim to the most anti-immigrant law in the country. Not only has the governor just signed an Arizona-style "papers please" law that allows police to check the immigration status of anyone they think is illegally in the country, but the new law also makes it a crime to provide transportation or housing to someone in the country illegally. To those who remember the Sensenbrenner bill from several years ago making good samaritan acts a felony will find this provision to be a familiar one.


And last but not least, the law requires all schools to check the immigration status of their students. That's a pretty clear violation of the 1982 Plyler v. Doe Supreme Court decision that said that all children have a due process right to a public education regardless of their immigration status. Alabama taxpayers are now going to pay a lot of money to a lot of lawyers and will lose this one in the end. Good thing things are going so well in that state that they've got a lot of money to blow on lawsuits.


The rest of the country has view Alabama negatively since the Civil Rights era and the unbelievable cruelty whites in the state inflicted on their black neighbors. And for the last 40 years, people in the state have tried to convince the rest of the world that they've changed. That's how they've managed to convince all those foreign carmakers to set up shop. If I were in the business of recruiting businesses to Alabama, I'd be pretty nervous right now. I know a lot of progressives in Alabama who have to be feeling pretty depressed right now that the state is sliding back in to its old ways.

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  1. Jim's Avatar
    I wonder who's next? Immigration reform or an EO is needed ASAP before more States enforce their own immigration laws. If nothing is done soon America will be a divided country.
  2. Jack's Avatar
    "If nothing is done soon America will be a divided country."

    It already is--those who want immigration law to be enforced and those who don't. With the prospects of CIR dim, the anti-enforcement movement is showing it's true colors by not even bothering to pay lip service to enforcement anymore. They're digging in their heels in a way that even the less sophisticated can figure out and making the same excuses against any and every enforcement measure. Their opposition to Secure Communities looks terrible to common sense people who aren't open border zealots. They must be thinking, if you're against this, what the heck are you possibly for (enforcement that is, not just amnesty)? Executive amnesty (or whatever euphemism)? That sounds pretty radical. Obama apparently sees it that way based on how he's distancing himself from the concept.

    Support for any immigration enforcement is condemned as "not welcoming", "divisive", etc. Well, yeah. We don't welcome illegal immigration. Are you saying you do? It sure sounds like it. "We must enforce our immigration laws, but..." has simply turned into "We must not enforce the immigration laws".


  3. George Chell's Avatar
    A leopard cannot change its spots. The cat meows, the dog barks and most Alabama whites are bigots and Jack is hiding his behind law enforcement...back in 2000 60% of Alabama whites voted not to remove anti-miscegnation laws from the books. Once a scrooge always a scrooge...and once a bigot always a bigot...Alabama, Mississippi and Georgia along with Arizona are among them!
  4. Another Voice's Avatar
    These people in the south can't help themselves it's in their DNA to act this way.....they embrace racism everytime!!
  5. Another Voice's Avatar
    "Their opposition to Secure Communities looks terrible to common sense people who aren't open border zealots. They must be thinking, if you're against this, what the heck are you possibly for (enforcement that is, not just amnesty)? Executive amnesty (or whatever euphemism)? That sounds pretty radical. Obama apparently sees it that way based on how he's distancing himself from the concept."

    Enforcing bad laws just because they are in the books does not mean that you have the moral high ground. This is the 21st century and WE know that the Immigration system in this country is broken. Going along with these laws for political posturing is more of the ostrich strategy of stick your head in the sand because Immigration is too complicated or political hot potato. Yet in the mean time we are left with the broken system and bad laws in the books which keep on coming from the states, perfect opportunity for the LOUD ANTI_IMMIGRANT movement in this country which you are a proud representative of to say just ENFORCE the law. I guess back in the day when Segregation was in the books or racism was legal(not that is not alive and well today) you would have said the same thing.....just enforce the law!!!
  6. F's Avatar
    I hope this is the peak of anti movement. I hope things will start getting better for immigration from this point on . I know that in the past , chinese exclusion act etc have been very hostil . Just wondering how many years it took for that anti wave to crest.
  7. Another Voice's Avatar
    Judge sets hearing on request to halt Georgia's new anti-illegal immigration law

    http://www.ajc.com/news/georgia-politics-elections/judge-sets-hearing-on-973316.html
  8. Delmar Jackson's Avatar
    Immigration is a racket.
    The people that favor massive immigration pocket the profits and pass all the social,economic and environmemtal costs onto the communities, and smear those that oppose massive immigration as haters,racists,nativists,xenophobes and anti immigrant.

    I want less legal immigration and zero illegal immigration. Calling me an anti immigrant is like calling some one that belongs to weight watchers anti food. i love immigrants, I want to have a debate on the amount and type that would best benefit and not burden my country.

    If I hat anyone , it is those Americans who blindly worship diversity and multiculturalism and wear a huge moral crown thinking they like "others" more while ignoring the Americans seeing their wages depressed for the last 40 years and job opportunities dwindle for thir native born children.
    Ten percent of Central America is now in the uSA, but the fastest growing group of illegals are not hispanic, but Indians and Chinese overstaying their visas, do we let in ten percent of China,Africa and India too?

    We need Comprehensive Immigration REDUCTION!
  9. Jack's Avatar
    "when Segregation was in the books or racism was legal(not that is not alive and well today) you would have said the same thing.....just enforce the law!!!"

    Non sequitur. Equating segregation law with immigration law makes no sense. The former denied rights to American citizens which they had under law; opponents of immigration law are trying to create a right for aliens (non-American citizens) which they legally don't have. That is why calling the open border movement "the new Civil Rights movement" is irrational. And assuming anyone who supports immigration law as being anti-civil rights is a non sequitur.

  10. reyes's Avatar
    I can't see us just saying ok let everyone stay its ok you broke the law go ahead and sty. If someone broke into my house I would not say hey go ahead and make yourself at home have some food hang out. I am hispanic and I see it everyday my daughter can't go to pre k because she speaks english not spanish. Come on I pay taxes but the illegals kids can get into school before my daughter and I should pay for it not their parents who don't pay any taxes. When is this going to stop not immigration isn't the biggest prouble we have but its up there. And all the people who are free everything let people do whatever they want where does it end when is enough enough. Also if your against enforcing our laws what do you suggest tell me what to do.
  11. Legal and no longer waiting's Avatar
    "those who want immigration law to be enforced and those who don't"

    How about enforcing new Al laws and going after all those American landlords who rent to illegal immigrants? They are felons now, but immigrants are not since being illegally in the country is not a crime. Let's go after felons first.
  12. Legal and no longer waiting's Avatar
    "i love immigrants,"... I just don't want any of them in my country, right? That's the whole point of your message, and every message that starts with "I am not racist, but"...
  13. Legal and no longer waiting's Avatar
    "Come on I pay taxes but the illegals kids can get into school before my daughter and I should pay for it not their parents who don't pay any taxes"

    They pay for schools just like you - through property taxes. Or maybe you can explain to us how they manage not to pay property taxes directly as owners or indirectly as renters and not get evicted? Why do you think their kids can get into school before your daughter? Because they are smarter? Well, that's life.
  14. reyes's Avatar
    Actually they get into school first only because they speak spanish and no english and they are poor. And wow you say they pay school taxes some do but most of them are freeloaders I see them everyday and talk to them all the time. I have seen so many that just cross to have their kids and when interviewing them I pull loanstart foodstamp cards off these people.like I said the school thing is simply because they speak spanish and not english.
  15. George Chell in Singapore's Avatar
    Delmar Jackson:

    A beggar like you cannot be choosers. A nation nosedeep in debt has no sovereignty and no right to one...pay back your debt and you can have zero immigration!
  16. George Chell in Singapore's Avatar
    Delmar Jackson sounds like a death row inmate complaining about the punishment instead of wondering what brought him there. Unlimited borrowing from China and even India. You can have your country back if you pay back your debt to the Chinese. Otherwise high level of immigration is a punishment that fits the crime just like death penalty fits the crime for murder!
  17. George Chell in Singapore's Avatar
    Before anyone gets any ideas I am a US citizen and a regular contributor who just happens to be in Singapore at present. Many countries dont like immigrants and want a one way street. The solution then is very easy. Repatriate foreigners in exchange for your citizens abroad. However, in the US the situation is different. Most Americans who dont like immigrants dont want to go abroad. But, there is a catch. Americans have borrowed heavily from other countries and now many of those countries want a piece of America...China is an example. Either pay back the debt or give them a piece of
    America. Beggars cannot be choosers and in this regard we Americans are beggars. End of story! We dont control our destiny anymore. Try touching immigration or foreign investment and we will go to the caves and hunt for a living like our ancestors did in Europe two thousand years ago! Perhaps that is the reason many folks are defending their second amendment rights...we need to hunt for a living if foreigners demand their money back and they will if they are not allowed to buy property and move into this country!


  18. reyes's Avatar
    Wow you are truley lost fine we should pay our debt back I say stop all the aid to all the other countries we would save billions. We could easily pay our debt back and don't forget all the money we send to all the countries with disaters japan hati libya I say let them fend for themselves like you say we should. But we are just too nice as a country and you say sell our land to china are you crazy why don't we just take afganistan and iraqs resources. We took over there country we should take their stuff as well.
  19. George Chell's Avatar
    Absolutely, we should take back the stuff as well. It will add up to one trillion while we owe 14 trillion. Pay back the debt and we will have the country back...a country nose deep in debt does not have any sovereignty and no rights to any sovereignty. Deliquency is a crime!!
  20. George Chell's Avatar
    You take over Iraq and Afghanistan you will get more 9/11! That is all you will get...dont think they are modern day American Indians!
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