Posted by on June 10, 2011 in Blog
Things are not looking good for comprehensive immigration reform, not to mention the DREAM Act. Yesterday, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley signed into law a new - and probably unconstitutional - immigration law. HB 56, which will take effect on September 1st contains many provisions that surpass even those of Arizona's controversial SB 1070 in its racist undertones and its draconian enforcement measures. Just to refresh your memory, SB 1070 grants law enforcement officials the right to pursue people they suspect might be in the country illegally. If the individual in question is unable to produce documentation, they are arrested and possibly deported. Sound bad? Alabama’s law is far worse.
A few facts on the new law on HB 56 - "The Immigrant Trespassing Law"
- Schools will be required to check into the immigration status of students.
- Like SB 1070, if a law enforcement official determines there is "reasonable suspicion" of “illegal” status, they may check into the status of anyone stopped, arrested or detained for any reason. If unable to produce documentation, the party in question, whether legal or not, can remain in jail until legal status is proved.
- Anyone who willingly transports an illegal immigrant - no matter the circumstance - is committing a crime.
- Businesses will be required to check into the immigration status of their employees.
No matter what one's stance is on illegal immigration, one has to agree that laws such as HB 56 and SB 1070 perpetuate racial profiling and have the potential to encourage suspicion among neighbors. Such a scenario would cause irreparable damage to our American way of life. Take a moment to brief yourself on this new law. And make sure that you know whether or not your state legislature is considering laws like HB 56 and SB 1070.
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