State Level Immigration Laws
I've watched, over the last couple of years, both parties talk about illegal immigration without saying very much. It seems that this is radioactive issue for most federal government officials and those that are running for federal office. However, the state level politicians have started to take sides and craft legislation to fill the vacuum created by the lack of federal government leadership. Now my own state has taken a stand and has passed its own legislation in reaction to this problem:
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In Alabama, a Harsh Bill for Residents Here Illegally
By JULIA PRESTON
Alabama has passed a sweeping bill to crack down on illegal immigrants that both supporters and opponents call the toughest of its kind in the country, going well beyond a law Arizona passed last year that caused a furor there.
The measure was passed by large margins in the Alabama Senate and the House, both Republican-controlled, in votes on Thursday. Governor Robert Bentley, a Republican, is expected to sign the bill into law.
“Alabama is now the new No. 1 state for immigration enforcement,” said Kris Kobach, a constitutional lawyer who is secretary of state in Kansas. He has helped write many state bills to curtail illegal immigration, including Alabama’s.
“This bill invites discrimination into every aspect of the lives of people in Alabama,” said Cecillia Wang, director of the immigrants’ rights project of the American Civil Liberties Union, which has brought legal challenges against several state immigration-control laws. Calling Alabama’s bill “outrageous and blatantly unconstitutional,” Ms. Wang said, “We will take action if the governor signs it.”
The Alabama bill includes a provision similar to one that stirred controversy in Arizona, authorizing state and local police officers to ask about the immigration status of anyone they stop based on a “reasonable suspicion” the person is an illegal immigrant. Federal courts have suspended most of that Arizona law.
Alabama’s bill goes beyond Arizona’s. It bars illegal immigrants from enrolling in any public college after high school. It obliges public schools to determine the immigration status of all students, requiring parents of foreign-born students to report the immigration status of their children.
The bill requires Alabama’s public schools to publish figures on the number of immigrants — both legal and illegal — who are enrolled and on any costs associated with the education of illegal immigrant children.
The bill, known as H.B. 56, also makes it a crime to knowingly rent housing to an illegal immigrant. It bars businesses from taking tax deductions on wages paid to unauthorized immigrants.
“This is a jobs-creation bill for Americans,” said Representative Micky Hammon, a Republican who was a chief sponsor of the bill. “We really want to prevent illegal immigrants from coming to Alabama and to prevent those who are here from putting down roots,” he said.
Here you can find the actual legislation:
Perhaps an easier to read version:
Text Of Alabama Immigration Law, HB 56 | Latin America News Dispatch
My question is simple. Do you agree or disagree with state initiated legislation as a response to the illegal immigration problem? As it applies to my state I will come out and say I love it. If it is enforced by agencies across the state specifically targeting employers it will work without me having to arrest/transport one singe illegal in my patrol car.
I look forward to a respectful back and forth on this. I have allowed multiple choice in the poll voting. I realize that some will wish to voice their ideas on how to solve this problem.