published Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

Alabama's immigration law

Many states have been deeply frustrated by the federal government's failure to uphold laws against illegal immigration. In fact, the Obama administration has actively sought to have potentially hundreds of thousands of deportation cases dismissed against suspected illegal aliens who were already in our legal system.

Frustration with that lax approach has grown as unemployment has increased and millions of illegal aliens have continued to fill jobs that might otherwise be filled by jobless U.S. citizens or legal immigrants.

Troubled by federal inaction, a number of states have enacted laws to fight illegal immigration. Alabama's law is among the toughest, and it is encouraging that a federal judge recently upheld the main provisions of the law.

Among other provisions, the law permits police to check whether suspects are in the United States legally. The law also requires the compiling of statistics on how many illegal aliens are in Alabama's public schools. Those are both reasonable measures.

Police should clearly have the authority to check whether a person suspected of committing a crime is an illegal alien. Setting such a suspect free makes it highly likely that he will flee and never show up for his court date. And it is unjust that Alabama's taxpayers are paying for the education of people who are in the state illegally -- especially in a time of economic crisis and extremely limited funds for education.

Regrettably, although the federal judge upheld key provisions of the law, she temporarily blocked a provision that would have barred illegal aliens from attending public colleges in Alabama. That's unfortunate because with enrollment limited, college spots filled by illegal aliens are spots wrongly denied to American citizens. The judge also halted a sensible provision making it illegal to knowingly harbor an illegal alien.

Still, the most important parts of Alabama's immigration law were upheld. That is a victory for commonsense and a message to Washington that the states want the federal government to do its duty by fighting illegal immigration.

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nucanuck said...

Why is there no outrage directed at employers who either know or suspect when they hire an illegal immigrant? Throw six or seven of those bad boys in jail with plenty of publicity and more immigration problem.

Business owners will go to great lengths to avoid prison time and they are the primary beneficiaries of the immigrant inflow.

Which is easier, a few bosses or twenty million worker bees?

October 5, 2011 at 12:57 a.m.
conservative said...

Lieberals could start an underground railroad for the illegals. California has numerous sanctuary cities where they would be welcomed and they would be close to home. I'm guessing Alabama citizens wouldn't mind, might even sing "sweet home Alabama".

October 5, 2011 at 3:41 p.m.
rolando said...

That one was thrown out -- or halted -- in federal court in Arizona, I believe, as well as everywhere else it has been tried, nucanuck. So it wasn't included in Alabama's law.

The Alabama decision also halted heavy fines for those blocking traffic while picking up illegal alien "workers".

October 5, 2011 at 9:12 p.m.
Wilder said...

@nucanuck I agree with you 100%. As a matter of fact I have suggested it many times. Fine anyone who hires an illegal alien $5,000 and give them 6 months in jail, per head, with 30 days to comply, and actually enforce the law. Give the illegal aliens 30 days to exit the country, and the problem will be solved.

October 5, 2011 at 9:30 p.m.
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