Alabama passes toughest immigration law yet in US

by Ray Clancy on June 13, 2011

Alabama passes toughest immigration law in US

The toughest immigration law in the United States has been passed in the state of Alabama that means that the police and arrest anyone suspected of not have a proper visa.

Schools will be required to inspect the immigration status of pupils and it will be a crime to knowingly give an illegal immigrant a lift in a car.

Alabama employers also are now required to use a federal system called E-Verify to determine if new workers are in the country legally under the law which is due to come into effect on 01 September.

Groups including the American Civil Liberties Union and the Montgomery based Southern Poverty Law Center say they plan to challenge it. Mary Bauer, the legal director for the Southern Poverty Law Center, said that she expects a lawsuit to be filed before it comes into effect.

‘It is clearly unconstitutional. It’s mean spirited, racist and we think a court will enjoin it,’ said Bauer. Sam Brooks, of the SPLC’s Immigrant Justice Project, said the new law will set back progress Alabama has made on civil rights and race relations, adding that it would be costly for the state to enforce and defend the provisions of the law.

One of the sponsors though, Republican Senator Scott Beason of Gardendale said the new law would create jobs and put unemployed Alabama residents back to work.

Jared Shepherd, a lawyer for the ACLU, said that the provisions requiring schools to document the immigration status of students were particularly troublesome.

Alabama’s law was modelled on a similar law passed in Arizona but a federal judge blocked the most controversial parts of Arizona’s law last year after the Justice Department sued. The state is planning to appeal to the US Supreme Court. Georgia also passed a law cracking down on immigration this year and civil liberties groups have filed a lawsuit trying to block it.

Linton Joaquin, general counsel for the National Immigration Law Centre in Los Angeles, said the Alabama law stands out over other states because it covers all parts of an immigrant’s life. ‘It is a sweeping attack on immigrants and people of colour in general. It adds restrictions on education, housing and other areas. It is a very broad attack. The state does not have the right to create its own immigration regime,’ Joaquin said.

He said his organization plans to be involved in lawsuits challenging the new law, adding that it’s already involved in challenges in Utah, Arizona, Indiana and Georgia.

Police must detain someone they suspect of being in the country illegally if the person cannot produce proper documentation when stopped for any reason. It will be a crime to knowingly transport, harbour or provide housing for someone who is in the country illegally.

Penalties will be imposed on businesses that knowingly employ someone without legal resident status. A company’s business licence could be suspended or revoked.

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Arrchie Bunker June 13, 2011 at 12:45 pm


Q: “Is it true that illegal immigrants don’t pay taxes and drain our economy?”
A: As Ben Franklin said, “Nothing is certain but death and taxes.” Like the rest of us, unauthorized immigrants pay taxes on their property and anything they buy. More than half of them have taxes taken out of their paychecks, but because our immigration system is dysfunctional, these taxes are paid under false Social Security numbers. We need a new regimen in which we know who is paying taxes and can ensure that no one is getting a free ride. The only way to do that is to pull unauthorized immigrants out of the shadows and get them on the right side of the law.
Three state-level studies have found that unauthorized immigrants pay more in taxes than they use in benefits. In Iowa, unauthorized immigrants pay an estimated $40 to $62 million in state taxes, while they and their employers contribute an additional $50 million to $77.8 million in federal, Social Security, and Medicare taxes from which they will never benefit. In Oregon, unauthorized immigrants—who are not eligible for any state benefits—pay between $134 million and $187 million in taxes each year. Finally, in Texas, the State Comptroller found that, without unauthorized residents, the gross state product in 2005 would have been $17.7 billion less.

THE BOTTOM LINE: Undocumented immigrants are an important component of the U.S. economy. They meet the labor demand in sectors in which they do not directly compete with U.S.-born workers. The great majority of migrant workers are taxpaying, hardworking, and law-abiding people who are integrating into U.S. society.

The economics of immigration, Stephen C. Goss, the chief actuary of the Social Security Administration and someone who enjoys bipartisan support for his straightforwardness, said that by 2007, the Social Security trust fund had received a net benefit of somewhere between $120 billion and $240 billion from unauthorized immigrants.
That represented an astounding 5.4 percent to 10.7 percent of the trust fund's total assets of $2.24 trillion that year. The cumulative contribution is surely higher now. Unauthorized immigrants paid a net contribution of $12 billion in 2007 alone, Goss said.

Previous estimates circulating publicly and in Congress had placed the annual contributions at roughly half of Goss's 2007 figure and listed the cumulative benefit on the order of $50 billion.

The Social Security trust fund faces a solvency crisis that would be even more pressing were it not for these payments.
Adding to the Social Security irony is that the restrictionists are mostly OLDER AND RETIRED WHITES from longtime American families. The very people, in other words, who benefit most from the Social Security payments by unauthorized immigrants.

Comprehensive Immigration Reform Would Boost the Economy & Help ALL American Workers: As opposed to the mass deportation, enforcement-only approach, addressing and fixing the immigration system in a wholesale manner will be a boon to the U.S. economy and all U.S. workers. That is why both the AFL-CIO and Change to Win created The Labor Movement’s Joint Framework for Comprehensive Immigration Reform. Dr. Raúl Hinojosa-Ojeda conducted a 2010 report for the Center for American Progress and the Immigration Policy Center that found that “Unlike the current enforcement-only strategy, comprehensive reform would raise the ‘wage floor’ for the entire U.S. economy—to the benefit of both immigrant and native-born workers.” According to the study, granting legal status to undocumented immigrants and creating flexible legal limits on future immigration flows would generate enough consumer-spending to support 750,000-900,000 jobs. The report also found that the mass deportation approach would reduce GDP by 1.46 percent annually, amounting to a loss of $2.6 trillion over 10 years.


Vickie` June 13, 2011 at 12:58 pm

God help us, I hope it is enforced and other states wake up and pass their own laws to defend their citizens from our federal government and the "government" of Mexico.


Bill June 13, 2011 at 3:02 pm

I totaly don't understand. Its americans who are forcefully taking jobs(by using goverment force), immigrants are taking them by mutual agreement. The immigrants have a more "American" method of getting a job than the americans. Really I don't even see why the government has the power to prevent immigration, they may prevent crime but not immigration. Something is really screwy with our Legal system, I just can't put my finger on it.


Brittanicus June 13, 2011 at 6:00 pm

Whether we are coming out this miserable recession or not, we cannot afford any immigration amnesty. The first Amnesty in 1986 Ronald Reagan's term of office, cost–$76 BILLION DOLLARS–by the time it was fulfilled. In today money it’s expected to cost $2.6 TRILLION DOLLARS as stated the Heritage Foundation. So taxpayers would be expected to cover that bill, lending most of it from China again? Are we not in the poorhouse with China, as it is? But this is no firm binder, because millions more people will strive to reach here, before that ominous inauguration day of a new Immigration Reform bill. If Congress is unable to cut spending in this recent of 14 .5 Trillion dollars US Treasury deficit, can anybody in the right frame of mind, tell us where we intend to get another $2.5 trillion dollars, to subsidize those illegal immigrants already living here? These dollars are inconceivable and even if there was another. It's outrageous that Washington politicians would expect to bleed even more money from traumatic Taxpayers, when we are confronted by rejuvenating two nations abroad, in millions of dollars a day.

Amnesty, it will only further multitudes of people to come here? Washington legislators come and go, author bills, but are never held accountable for the financial wrecks they leave behind? Only Secure Communities, E-Verify can mitigate some of the pressure that will make foreign nationals think twice before crossing the border, or entering America by other means. This isn’t about any particular race, a person’s politics, religion as we are all suffering. It’s not even about the legal Hispanic population, as they are under the same pain of finding a job, stagnant wages and some type of exploitation. We are all the same boat and without stringent restrictions on immigration and its costs, that boat is heading towards rough waters and could easily sink. The TEA PARTY will slow down this process by confronting Washington aggressively on birthright citizenship to rescind it, which will sever the bond of 300.000 babies from foreign nation getting instant citizenship; cutting down on the annual monolithic cost to subsidize these offspring and families.

It will also bring to a halt, which it attributed to this wrongly conferred law, saving taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars a year? The TEA PARTY will examine these unfair taxes placed on Americans, by Liberal oriented courts, to appoint obligations to educate, provide health care that comes with the never ending tide of illegal aliens skirting our laws. The TEA PARTY will created bills to up the penalty, for entering America as a felony. This should have been the law of the land, decades ago? Personally, it has always translated to prove there was no serious intention to enforce these laws. It’s in the vein of a conspirator’s reason, why the Southern border fences completion remains a fiasco. The Tea Party will enforce the 1986 (IRCA) law as was planned, with no complicity of government agencies to stifle those laws, such as the business influence.

The TEA PARTY in 2012 will remove the Liberal influence and even have the empowerment to construct the real border fence, and mandating with no exemptions E-Verify and Secure Communities and indefinitely remove Sanctuary Cities nationwide. As the Tea Party grows against the powerful influences in Washington, these Representatives like TEA PARTY Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota will retire those pro-illegal immigrant politicians, Governors, mayors and all those who have adversely affected strong laws that have been introduced. The American People should not be forced by law, to pay for the impoverished people that trespass into America from other countries.

We can aid our fellow legal workers out, by taking immigration one step towards generic "Citizens Arrest. We cannot apprehend a suspicious individual, as it could lead to legal action. But we have the opportunity to join other "Whistle blowers" to inform ICE or local police as irregularities stand out. Not speaking reasonable English is a dead give-away, specifically in factory environment and if somebody has an accident through not comprehending a warning notice.

The time is ripe to contact their federal and State Representatives to insist they enact mandatory E-Verify, Secure Communities for every State, at the Senate—202-224–3121/ House—202-225–3121.


Brittanicus June 13, 2011 at 6:01 pm


AMNESTY or as the Pro-illegal immigration groups prefer to label it–Immigration Reform. The truth is not ever going to happen? The 1986 IRCA was a utter calamity and costly for taxpayers. The 1986 (IRCA) Immigration Control and Reform Act that was a mass amnesty, which became the prime deception, played on the American taxpayer of all time. Because of despicably fraud and supreme neglect, the 2 million farmer’s laborers and other illegal workers who were provided a legal course to citizenship, that ultimately turned into 6 million. Even inexplicable those people, who received this pardon, vanished from their usual places of employment and turned up in the job force around the country that Americans citizens had to compete with. Future wise, Congress proposed the I-9 Form (Employment Eligibility Verification Form.) to ensure that all employees presented documentary proof of their legal eligibility, to accept employment in the United States. If the employee has a hiring issue, and chooses to contest an irregularity notice, the employer prints out the “Referral Letter” from the E-Verify program.

The letter contains information about resolving the problem, as well as the contact information for the (SSA) Social security Administration) or (USCIS) US Citizenship and Immigration Service, depending on which bureau was the source of the non-authorization to resolve the problem? As constantly the open border zealots, US Chamber of Commerce, ACLU and a radical mix of anti American organizations, have used the Liberal Press as a fulcrum to regrettably try to suppress the implementation of E-Verify. Are we not in the poorhouse with China, as it is? But this is no firm binder, because millions more people will strive to reach here, before that ominous Using the media these groups have also brought pressure on the administration not to espouse the Secure Communities law, which identifies criminal aliens through fingerprints by informing ICE. Then Subsequently E-Verify that is increasingly more popular each day by business owners. They are now cautiously aware that an I-9 audit puts their business license in jeopardy, as upheld by the Supreme Court.


As with the 1986 (IRCA) bill those who advocate against the laws are profiteers for more wealth, or to accumulate more votes or just to prepare America (according to the WikiLeaks group founder Julian Assange in secret documents) for merging with some kind of traitorous program, with Canada and Mexico with one currency. This stealth agenda was collusion between the Canadian and American Ambassadors.

The other side of the aisle on the corrupt Washington beltway, says we cannot afford to enforce immigration laws? Then my question we had better figure someway, for as the law stands we are just encouraging more illegal newcomers? So the second question, when does this invasion end, when does the lawmakers install laws, that make it impossible to stop this travesty? Are we just going to leave the doors open and hope for the best? All we are encouraging is even more poverty and distressed people, that taxpayers have to bear the full fiscal impact? Ten years from now, population numbers will be skyrocketing and the only winners are the profit-takers.


Ricardo deLeon June 13, 2011 at 11:45 pm

It seems that legalizing illegals will allow them to access the benefits they should NEVER be allowed to access. Let them remain illegal and put pressure on Congress to change the US Immigration laws to provide more realistic legal methods of working and living in the USA. While it is not fair for them to contribute to funds they cannot access, that is the price they pay for taking the illegal approach to coming to our country. If you support the legalization of illegals in any other fashion, your demands for so-called "social justice" are endangering this country.


John Smith June 20, 2011 at 5:35 pm

Wouldn't a cop need to "knowingly transport" an illegal immigrant in order to detain him? Therefore comitting a crime under the provision of the new law?


Juan Carlos August 4, 2011 at 6:44 pm

I have read the above statements for and against the illegal immigration amnesty. I have also read the misinformation about taxes and how good the illegals are for economy? So, I was just wondering where the stats came from since they are undocumented illegal immigrants? Also, they DONT have taxes taken out… They claim exempt… WAKE UP AMERICA! They file under false SSN and get medicare and SSI and food stamps cards.. AFDC etc… Come on, wake up. While we are on the subject of labor and immigration, when is it time to stop the H1 Visas for the supposed High Tech immigrants we supposedly need for all the tech jobs we citizens are to ignorant to hold down? I think its more like the big companies are lobbying for these people so they can get unfair market prices for workers who were not educated according to the U.S. dollar. We have the technical experience and work force from U.S. Citizens, stop giving our jobs away!!


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