My naive faith in the Republican Party to pass immigration reform last year wasn’t entirely misplaced.
(1) The new law includes an SB 1070 copycat law that allows Alabama police officers to check immigration status on the basis of “reasonable suspicion” in stops and arrests.
The “stop” provision is critical because this has been conveniently dropped in many other states. In Alabama, a police officer will be able to check immigration status in routine traffic stops for crimes like speeding or running a red light, not just when an arrest is made or when the illegal is booked into a jail.
(2) It includes a strong E-Verify bill that requires every employer in Alabama, not just the state government and state contractors, to verify the immigration status of workers.
(3) It is now a crime in Alabama for landlords to lease housing to illegal aliens.
(4) Public schools will be required to ascertain the immigration status of children. They are now required to report how much it costs taxpayers to educate the children of illegal aliens in Alabama.
(5) It is now a crime to transport or harbor illegal aliens in Alabama. If you give a ride to an illegal alien, you can go to jail in Alabama.
(6) It is now a crime to solicit or hire day laborers in Alabama.
(7) Illegal aliens are completely banned from attending state colleges like Auburn or Alabama, not simply denied in-state tuition.
(8) In order to vote in Alabama elections, you now have to pass a citizenship check of your birth certificate.
(9) It is now “discriminatory” to fire a legal employee if an illegal alien is on the payroll.
(10) It voids all contracts between illegal aliens and people in Alabama who know they are illegal aliens.
The SPLC is calling the new law, “mean-spirited, racist, unconstitutional, and it is going to be costly,” a ringing endorsement if there ever was one! No one who was born and raised here asked Mark Potok and Heidi Beirich for their opinion.
More opinion leaders have since weighed in on the good news:
“This draconian initiative is so oppressive, even Bull Connor would be impressed,” said Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.
“It is a slap in the face to those who have fought long and hard to move this state forward in the struggle for civil rights,” said Isabel Rubio, executive director of the Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama.
“It turns Alabama into a police state where anyone could be required to show their citizenship papers,” said Cecillia Wang, a lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union’s Immigrant Rights Project.
“It is a radical departure from the concepts of fairness and equal treatment under the law,” said Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum. “It makes it a crime, quite literally, to give immigrants a ride without checking their legal status.”
The ACLU and SPLC and other “civil rights organizations” will be filing a lawsuit to block our new immigration law. They have already done this in Georgia which sided with Arizona about a month ago.
Eric “My People” Holder’s Justice Department will probably also sue to block the law in federal court. This is setting up a win-win situation for us.
The law will either survive court challenges, go into effect, and set a new precedent that will enable other states to pass similar laws which drive out illegal aliens or the popular new reform will be struck down in federal court and will further polarize White public opinion against the federal government, the Democratic Party, and “civil rights organizations” like the SPLC which are already detested here.
You could say that Alabama has won the national championship of immigration reform. This is a good day for Alabama and I will be setting aside some time this weekend to celebrate this momentous victory for our state.
Free drinks tonight at the OD bar.