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Tea Party group rallies support for Alabama’s immigration law

Published 10:21pm Tuesday, September 20, 2011

By BRAD GASKINS / Staff Writer

HOOVER – Opponents of Alabama’s illegal immigration law don’t like it because they are afraid the state will enforce it, state Sen. Scott Beason said Tuesday night at Veterans Park.

“They have no problem with the fact that these laws are on the books federally, because they know the federal government isn’t going to do its job,” Beason, R-Gardendale, told a gathering of more than 100 people at a Tea Party conservative rally supporting the new law.

“The federal government has decided they’re going to tell us everything we need to do – everything. From the time you’re born to the time you die, they want to make sure they’re involved in that one way or another,” Beason said. “What did we (state lawmakers) do that was so outrageous? We crafted a bill that the vast majority of it mirrors federal law. And what happens? People say it’s draconian. It does too much.”

The Rainy Day Patriots organized the rally in the last six days, founder Zan Green said. Dr. Gina Loudon, host of the Dr. Gina Show on WYDE 101.1, served as emcee for the hour-long rally.

Signed by Gov. Robert Bentley on June 9, the law was to go into effect Sept. 1. U.S. Judge Sharon Lovelace Blackburn issued a preliminary injunction Aug. 29, blocking enforcement of the law as she considers arguments in several lawsuits questioning the constitutionality of the law. She said the injunction would remain in place until at least Sept. 29.

“We crafted what we think is the best piece of legislation in America,” Beason said, adding he can’t understand “how anyone in the state could say we didn’t need to act on this issue.”

The law is “the biggest jobs program for Alabamians that has ever been passed,” Beason said.

“If I went out to say that Marshall County’s unemployment rate would go down over the last two or three months while the rest of the state went up, people would be willing to invest millions of dollars bringing corporations to do what we did in the counties most heavily hit by illegal immigration,” Beason said. “This is about putting Alabamians back to work.”

Dale Peterson told a cheering crowd that Alabama has “the strongest bill in the nation” and that he has “one philosophy only” on illegal immigration.

“You break into my house, and I’m going to invite you in for supper? You’ve got to be kidding me,” Peterson said. “Oh, by the way, you’ve got some kids? Okay, no problem, we’ll take them to school tomorrow. Alright, you sick? Okay, we’ll go to the hospital. No. Once you break into my country, there’s nothing further to talk about.”

He said Alabama would “lead the charge” on illegal immigration and other issues “now that we have broken a stranglehold of 136 years of liberal crap that has kept our state down.”

Clarissa Winchester, a first generation Mexican-American who grew up in Huntsville but now lives in Alabaster, told the crowd her sister-in-law was killed in a car crash with an illegal immigrant who was driving drunk. The illegal immigrant, she said, had prior DUIs and open warrants. He was released on bond and fled, she said.

“If it was one person that died from illegal immigration, it was one too many,” she added.

Jamara Greenhill said an illegal immigrant stole her identity nearly a decade ago. She spent 10,290 hours “picking up my life.” She said the FBI busted the woman who stole her identity in July. What’s going to happen to the suspect?

“A slap on the wrist, deportation and her coming right back is what I’m assuming, what I’ve been told,” she said.

She urged support for Alabama’s immigration law, adding, “if this can happen to me, it can happen to you.”

Wyndell Williams, a 62-year-old Vinemont resident, came to the rally after hearing about it on the radio. He carried a sign reading: “My wife coming to USA from the Philippines. The Right Way! The Legal Way! The Only Way!”

Williams and his wife, Elizabeth, were married in 2004 in the Philippines. They met through a mail order catalog.

“I’m trying to get my wife here legally,” said Williams, adding he “feels terrible” when he hears about people coming to the country illegally. “The reason they don’t want to do it the legal way is because it takes a bunch of time.”

  • soljerblue

    Most of the opposition seems to be coming from two groups — mainline churches claiming some sort of moral high ground against the law, and — of course — those illegals who depend on Alabama’s LEGAL citizens continuing to be patsies paying the price for their unearned benefits. I personally know of at least one pastor urging her congregation from the pulpit to disobey the law. Her exact quote: “For God’s sake, don’t play by the rules when the rules get in the way.”

    Seventy-five percent of Alabamians support the law — we are obligated to let the whiners and hand wringers know that in no uncertain terms.

  • heymamma

    I am for immigration reform and a pathway to citizenship. This bill puts our state not at the forefront of immigration policy, but instead has made us look like a state that still struggles with racial equality. Our legislators did not sit down and really think this legislation through. There are many undocumented people in this country, irish, vietnamese, africans, europeans, etc., but unfortunately in all the discussions I have been to, the only ones that are discussed are hispanics. How can people honestly say they will not profile when they are the only ones targeted at any rallies? Sen. Beason calls this a jobs bill, but even the farmers in alabama and the chicken plants are screaming where are the americans that want these jobs. I have a friend who works with a government program that pays students to train in construction, and these students will shamelessly say I don’t know why they are showing me this, because I’m not working in the hot sun. I’m only here for the check. I have heard many say that they make more from welfare than working in the hot sun, so why should they? The sad reality is that our working young have become complacent. They expect handouts from the government and feel they are entitled, just because they are americans. There is no more work ethic. The chicken plants and farmers have done everything short of advertising in flashing billboards on the side of the road. Where are the workers willing to fill these jobs? I keep hearing about them but have yet to see them. I would have a bigger problem with this if someone actually showed me an american citizen willing to smell of chicken blood and work in the hot sun all day and they were not given the job because of an undocumented person. When we start treating our state affairs as business affairs and not let personal feelings come into play when changing or implementing laws, then maybe our state will prosper.

  • Brittanicus

    MAKE A COMMITMENT TO AMERICAN WORKERS.

    Texas Governor Rick Perry even though a front runner in the race for the White House, he has infuriated the TEA PARTY because of his pandering to illegal immigrants. His negative policies on many issues including the mandated vaccination on school age girls, as a preventative measure against cervical cancer. Then his dialog on Social Security and immigration has blown up in his face, specially his standpoint on the illegal alien invasion. Perry is more or less complicit with the Democrat and Liberal progressive on trying to pass another amnesty and then being against construction of the border fence. In a 2006 gathering of Mayors in Austin, Texas, Rick Perry stated,” that building a wall along the border with Mexico is a “preposterous” idea.” This was after prior President Bush had signed into law the 2006 Secure Fence Act”

    In a second private discussion in New Hampshire, he was asked if he was against the border fence and then confirmed in a similar statement.” “No, I don’t support a fence on the border,” he said. “The fact is, it’s 1,200 miles from Brownsville to El Paso. Two things: How long you think it would take to build that? And then if you build a 30-foot wall from El Paso to Brownsville, the 35-foot ladder business gets real good.” The trouble is Rick Perry hadn’t obviously read about the original border fence design, which was drafted by Rep. Duncan Hunter of California. Currently the border fencing is just one single strand, that is still not completed, of which initial concept were two parallel fences and stretching 700 miles along the United States/Mexican border, not the 350 miles we have today. The majority of Democrats voted against the bill, but as a Senator–Obama, a Democrat from Illinois, including his now Vice President Joe Biden (D-DE) backed its passage, drawing irate criticism from the open border zealots.

    Perry did say that alternatively, that there was a need “for boots on the ground” and more technology that includes and patrolling unmanned drones. This is not what the Constitutional TEA PARTY wants to hear and I’m sure that he will get a earful in the September 22 audience, as the presidential candidates come together for another debate. Both Michele Bachmann and Herman Cain don’t see illegal immigration in the same way as Perry. The fence needs to be constructed as originally intended, as a double layer fence with room in between for high speed interdiction by the border patrol. If the Border agents were supplemented 3000 to 5000 armed soldiers along the border, both drug smugglers, illegal aliens and criminal crossings would be reduced to a trickle. Perry also introduced a Texas “Dream Act” that would allow the children of illegal aliens to be provided with taxpaying based education. Not only would this further encourage families with children and babies, to arrive illegally on our doorstep—but promote hundreds of thousands of more people entering America through CHAIN MIGRATION.

    In the first amnesty millions more came through CHAIN MIGRATION policies, which brought families members here, copiously expanding a need for SSI and other welfare programs. We cannot keep collecting people through CHAIN MIGRATION, because of the costs, when the initial sponsor stops financially supporting. Same with illegal alien women—ready to conceive—a baby intentionally brought to our nation, so they can apply for welfare and other public entitlements. That the female knowing that once she gets here everything is free, from hospital to child programs as TANF and other taxpayer benefits. Everybody who reads the press articles that taxpayers are looking at $113 billion dollars annually, of the pay-out to the illegal aliens—is still spiraling upwards. Why in this recession, when millions of American workers are out-of-work, are we still subsidizing people who shouldn’t be here?

    How much of this money such as IRS child tax rebates are payouts of criminal fraud. How it is illegal aliens are even paying income tax, when they don’t even exist on Social Security data bases? How come it’s not a felony to cross into America, without permission? Many states including Alabama, Georgia and Arizona have been forced to pass immigration policing laws, to interrupt the huge cost of public assistance to foreign nationals, which the Congress has failed to do.

    Perry Immigration record is dismal, so it’s unlikely he will be supported by the majority of the TEA PARTY. I wonder how Rick Perry stands on Lamar Smith’s Legal Workforce Act, which mandates E-Verify countrywide, or the Secure Communities policing program?

    The permanent E-Verify bill H.R.2885 is already being demonized by the Left, because is success rate is now gaining popularity amongst honest business owners. Thousands of concerned companies have signed on to the E-Verify enforcement program and the voting public can adamantly voice their Senate or House, to sponsor the bill by calling the Washington switchboard at 202-224-3121.

    After President Obama speech to the nation, to revitalize jobs for hurting Americans. His emphasis was on repairing bridges, roads, schools and other infrastructure. We must have a guarantee that no illegal aliens get these jobs, by the passage of H.R. 2885, as the mandated E-Verify pledge. There is no possible way, as a Conservative as myself can cover all the facts, as the Liberal press suppresses my articles and comments. This affects every race of working American people from Hispanics, Blacks Whites and people of other descent. So I revert to the factual substance found on such websites as NumbersUSA, Judicial Watch and American Patrol. Each website is specifically designed to contain certain issues on illegal immigration. NumbersUSA offers information on immigration grading, for the 2012 presidential race and Washington insider sources. American Patrol site has a daily investigation of mostly illegal immigrant articles in national and local press. Judicial Watch content introduces the reader to the corruption exercised in Washington and the 50 states.

  • Rubyrose

    There is a nation that supports this bill and has a growing hostility toward the Administration the the Department of Justice for making a mockery of our laws.

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