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Alabama adopts tough new immigration law

Controversial new legislation requires schools, businesses to run checks on citizenship status


 

Alabama passed the toughest immigration legislation in the U.S. on Thursday, after Republican Governor Robert Bentley signed into law a bill that will require public schools, police departments and small businesses to crack down on illegal immigrants. “We have a real problem with illegal immigration in this country,” said Gov. Bentley. “I campaigned for the toughest immigration laws and I’m proud of the Legislature for working tirelessly to create the strongest immigration bill in the country.” The new law requires public schools to determine students’ citizenship and police to detain people they suspect of being illegal. It will also be a crime for citizens to “knowingly transport or harbor” an illegal immigrant, while businesses are required to use a new database to verify the citizenship of their employees. Immigration rights groups have called the new legislation draconian and will challenge it in court. “This law is an outrageous throw-back to the pre-Civil Rights era,” said Cecillia Wang, director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Immigrants’ Rights Project.

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Alabama adopts tough new immigration law

  1. “…detain people they suspect of being illegal.”   SUSPECT? Jeez, whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty? I mean, how can you suspect anyone of being an illegal immigrant? It’s one thing to look at someone who can’t walk in a straight line and suspect them of being drunk, but this law just allows police to be racist.

  2. The American federal government is refusing to defend its southern border from illegal immigration in the tens of millions while the costs in the form of education, medical care, crime and incarceration are borne by the states.  These costs are in the billions and it’s no coincidence that states with high illegal immigration are teetering on bankruptcy, such as the once golden state of California.  Put another way, the benefits of illegal immigration accrue to the foreigners breaking American laws and their employers who gain cheap labor but the costs are foisted onto American taxpayers who receive no benefit and are indeed victimized by dilution of their education, direct crime etc.  Put a third way, illegal immigrants send billions to Mexico of the income they’ve earned illegally in the USA while all their costs are borne by Americans. 

    The best solution would be for the United States to adopt Mexico’s immigration policies which are very strict.  The present one-way borders out of Mexico but with the IN door locked tight are ridiculous.  If Mexico is not racist for excluding illegals, then neither is the USA for doing the same.

  3. Laws need to be enforced, otherwise there is no sense making them

    • Good point.  Does not the Federal Government have immigration laws it does not enforce much?

  4. Hey, the American taxpayers are paying for these illegal aliens. We every right to know exactly what it is costing us.  The Federal law says it is a felony to harbor and transport an illegal alien. Are they doing it? Well, are they?  It’s time for the states to enforce immigration laws if the Federal Government and Janet Flintstone refuse to do so.  Amnesty is out of the question.  It is time for the illegal; aliens to pick up their anchors and ship out.  ENOUGH is ENOUGH!

  5. Many Americans are closing their eyes and brain to this huge drain of their economy as it gives many of them cheap labor.