Thursday, June 9, 2011

Alabama signs "toughest" immigration bill

You can put Arizona on the back burner for the moment.  Gov. Robert Bentley (R-Alabama) just signed a "tough new illegal immigaration" law.

Alabama’s governor on Thursday signed a tough new illegal immigration crackdown that contains provisions requiring public schools to determine students’ immigration status and making it a crime to knowingly give an illegal immigrant a ride.
The bill also allows police to arrest anyone suspected of being an illegal immigrant if they’re stopped for any other reason. Alabama employers also are now required to use a federal system called E-Verify to determine if new workers are in the country legally.
The usual suspects (ACLU, SPLC) immediately branded it as "clearly unconstitutional . . . mean-spirited, racist" & will bring suits to halt it, just as was done in Arizona & Georgia (though Arizona had the added honour of being directly sued by the DOJ of the Obama administration; some of the more 'controversial' aspects of the Arizona law was blocked in federal court, but the judgment is still being appealed).

The topic of the E-Verify system is interesting, though.  My wife works in real estate in the local area, & includes property management.  In the near past, she would run the prospective tenant's social security number through their verification system, which would yield a result of (1) whether the number was valid or not, & (2) the date of issue.  In some instances, she would check on, say, a couple in their twenties, with a valid SSN but with a date of issue in the early 1940s.  When confronted with this curious result, they would sheepishly say something to the effect of "oops - must be some mistake", then walk out, never to be seen again.  My wife had no follow-through on the matter (this in an area where there are public health centers that cater only to those who speak no English), but she found shortly thereafter that the date of issue in the reports was dropped.  Upon inquiry, she was stonewalled as to the reason for its deletion.  This brings to mind the question of how efficient this E-Verify system will be.  This state (bluer than blue) is debating whether to pick up the system as well, & it's meeting with some strong opposition.

Update:  Well, so much for Arizona on the back burner - this just in:
First, the Obama administration fails to do its job on the border.  Then it sues Arizona to prevent us from helping to fight illegal immigration.  Then it tries to create a false sense of sense of complacency by arguing that the border is safe, when it isn’t.  Now it argues that persons should be able to register to vote without providing adequate information enabling verification of citizenship, thus enabling illegal aliens to register to vote.  This is contrary to the interests of the people of the United States of America. [emphasis mine]

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