Immigration law affecting local citizens

Published 11:58am Tuesday, December 13, 2011

I knew that Alabama’s new immigration law was a bad idea. Being an educator I was initially concerned about the impact it would have on the ability of the children of undocumented workers, here through no fault of their own, to obtain an education. However, it appears that the most profound immediate impact of the law has been on the very American born taxpayers the bill purports to protect.

In panel discussions, news reports and personal conversations, I’ve heard numerous accounts of how businesses, families and individuals are being affected. From increased bureaucracy at the division of motor vehicles to the lack of availability of badly needed farm and maintenance workers, its negative effects can be seen everywhere. Some small companies fear for their viability while crops rot in the fields. We all lose with this law, given that there is no practical way for undocumented people who have in the past served as a highly effective workforce to gain citizenship.

The negative impact on families has been profound. For example, Shelby Emergency Assistance has seen a 50.5 percent decrease in Hispanic households served between January and October of this year. This agency not only helps people acquire basic necessities during financial crisis but helps clients gain life skills so that they become self-sufficient and are less likely to need assistance in the future.

Families targeted by the law, many of whom include a blend of both United States citizens and undocumented workers, are less likely to access other critical social services as well. I’m also concerned about what we are teaching our children with this law. During a panel discussion about the law, a white, non-Hispanic woman in the audience reported that her elementary school-aged son was being ridiculed at school by classmates, who taunted him by saying his father, who is a United States citizen, was going to be deported due to his ethnic background. I’m sure this is not an isolated incident.

All of this seems like a perfect case study in what Martin Luther King Jr. meant when he said injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. When we support laws that disadvantage one group unjustly, it has negative consequences for us all. We must consider this as we try to figure out how to reform immigration in ways that help all involved.

Kimberly Barrett is the vice president for student affairs at the University of Montevallo.

  • Brittanicus

    Illegal Immigration, jobs and the Economy?

    The spendthrifts in Washington has never owned up to the ongoing expenditures for the illegal alien assault? Although highly studied by the Heritage Foundation, this entity projects costs of $113 billion dollars annually for the US. Then the godfather Sanctuary city of Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich claimed the “total cost for illegal immigrants to county taxpayers” was more than $1.6 billion in 2010.

    Then no state is exempt from the 14th Amendment law, to supply free welfare to any child born within the USA. Currently there is a bill in passage with 80 sponsors to stop this travesty of our laws. Rep. Steve King’s (R-IA) Birthright Citizenship Act of 2011, which would stop the misinterpreted practice of instant citizenship to children of illegal alien parents, unless one parent is either a citizen or naturalized citizen. Change is needed and only voters harassing their US and state lawmakers, will bring some sanity to this notorious law. Change also is required to stop nationwide businesses hiring illegal workers. Almost on Cue another Republican Rep. Don Manzullo (R-Ill.) has cosponsored Chairman Lamar Smith’s Legal Workforce Act (H.R.2885) that would require 100% of businesses to use E-Verify within two years.

    The bill also requires all federal, state, and local governments to E-Verify their entire workforce. Every American has heard of the Mandatory E-Verify law that has now 72 sponsors. With only 28 co-sponsors to go forward, the E-Verify, ‘THE LEGAL WORKFORCE ACT’ can and will punish employers who hire unauthorized workers. Again American voter’s participation can make the difference by pressing Congressional members in the House to pass this bill. The ‘Legal Workforce Act’ is massively beneficial to jobless people, who quickly see an opportunity when work is scarce. Commit yourself to contact your Representatives and insist they sponsor ‘The Legal Workforce Act’ The bill will have the advantage of not only penalizing inveterate business owners, but this potential law will send illegal aliens scurrying home, as with no work available that is their only option, taking family members with them.

    This will bring to a halt of intimidation by the Department of Justice on states that has found it impossible to keep financially supporting millions of invaders who arrived and stayed, by whatever means. This is all complicated by the attachment of faith groups, the radical open border nuts and the special interest lobby, who think we own the world a living. THEN ALABAMA FOR INSTANCE HAS SEEN A CONSIDERABLE DROP IN UNEMPLOYMENT, SINCE THE ENACTMENT OF IMMIGRATION POLICING LAWS. Just remember that most business owners have no conscious, just the thought of cheap labor adding to the additional profits; or the Democratic side perpetually looking for more voters, no matter the consequence to the working population. We saw this materialize in previous elections with the ACORN organization registering non-citizens to vote. There have been eleven State attorney General prosecuting these people, but there already setting up the canvassers under a different name. Our voting system has been compromised, so we must demand everybody who votes possess some kind of official picture ID.

    Either party seems to ignore the fact that taxpayers must bear the cost of carrying people from other countries and this is entirely wrong. Our country is being vigorously reset by the Liberal extremists and progressives and radical environmentalists. The latter would have all on bicycles than exploit the huge mineral and oil resources that lay beneath the earth. We have a massive abundance of oil deposits, natural gas, clean coal that can power our country for generations. Doesn’t mean we cannot tap the wind, geothermal a solar energy, but not rides into it blindly as President Obama and others have tried to do. Recognize that the TEA PARTY are the only sane party (The American physical Conservatives) and Independents for avoiding deficit spending, reduction of overall government spending, national debt reduction, free trade, deregulation and of ultimate importance lower taxes. This includes rigid enforcement of all laws and no amnesty for persons who trespass in our country.

    As a voter its imperative you call Washington at 202-224-3121, or you can read about this indignation at NumbersUSA website. America does and always has welcomed—LEGAL IMMIGRANTS—and always will. The 50 states also welcome highly skilled workers who are educated in the Sciences, Engineering and technology. These Immigrants will never end up in the welfare lines. This country must inhibit the poverty from other countries, as we cannot even look after our own people who are in dire need of food and a decent life.


  • poultry_in_motion

    “Shelby Emergency Assistance has seen a 50.5 percent decrease in Hispanic households served between January and October of this year”.

    How is that not a positive thing? You’re telling me a government run charity shrank and that’s a bad thing?

    As for the farmers, you won’t see any rotting fields anytime soon. There were already migrant worker laws on the books that are very much still in effect and being used in a legal manner.

  • Brittanicus

    With the catastrophe escalating over illegal immigration, there seems to be only a few new laws that formulate any sense to the American people. To stop both parties from superseding any previous laws from Congress, the only possible way to stop illegal immigration, is at the source? That is the business who hires illegal labor, and controlling it with the mandatory law titled ‘The Legal Workforce ACT’ (Bill H.R 2885.) Commonly known as E-Verify that will identify foreign nationals, sneaking into the workplace with stolen ID or whoever procured. Lamar Smith of Texas was the originator of the law, which had been created as a pilot program by former President Bush. To contain the Liberal Progressives in the Obama Administration from suing Arizona, Alabama, South Carolina, Utah, Georgia for trying to save further erosion of state funds by illegal aliens, they were forced to enact strictly policing laws. The courts have used their empowerment to place a huge burden on citizens and residents many unfunded mandates, with little financial aid from the government covering three decades.

    The bounty for illegal aliens who reach these shores, cross borders or deliberately enter under false pretenses from international flights is over a hundred billion dollars a year and rising per annum. Today it has emasculated states like California, Nevada and Texas. The only way to find a way out of this disorder is not through Former Speaker Newt Gingrich ideology, but through strict recourse of enforcing our laws. Since the 1986 Immigration Control and Reform Act nobody in Washington had had the people’s welfare in mind, until the sudden exploitation by foreign nationals on Arizona.

    While the Supreme Court fumbles over Arizona’s SB 1070 tough enforcement bills, we have a limited time to press for passage of E-Verify. Otherwise SCOTUS, could swing every way and America could find our ‘Rule of Law” by states becomes even more restrictions. Numerous states who are adverse to Obama National Health Care, we can effuse the House of Representatives pass the ‘The Legal Workforce ACT’ Ongoing as it is, the law to be read needs only 30 more co-sponsor out of a 100. Just yesterday a second Democrat Rep. Heath Shuler (D-N.C.) has added his name to the list. It’s been hard going, but thousands of well-informed Americans see this as a deterrent to claiming back payroll jobs, to US workers. Much more can be read about the nationwide E-Verify program by going to the NumbersUSA website. You can also participate by call you’re US or state Senator or Congressman at 202-224-3121. This is your connection to Washington and the operator will direct you to every politician’s office.

    There are 20 million Americans out of work and you can help supply a job, which is at the moment held by illegal aliens. On a wide scale as ICE has completed an assault on suspicious business, as illegal labor has been caught, those jobs have rapidly been filled by authorized individuals. Legal Blacks, Hispanics, White, Middle Easterners, African countries and others to claimed a job. The E-Verify program will even open more jobs to the 22 million people who are waiting.

    A second bill that has 80 sponsors is H.R.140, titled the Birthright Citizenship Act of 2011, which was introduced on Jan 5. 2011, by Rep. Steve King (R-IA) as of last month. This will ascertain that a baby smuggled into our nation, for the sole purpose of illegal parents to take advantage of the taxpayers. From the time of entry the parent can collect public entitlement, using the child as a fulcrum to remain here. Benefits will accumulate over many years of health care, education and further welfare supplements.

    If you believe in the ‘Rule of Law’ as established in the Constitution, you should join one of the thousands of local chapter of the TEA PARTY. The splinter party of the established Republican is adamant against any form of Amnesty, illegal Sanctuary cities and the Dream Act. It should be understood, that entering the majority of industrialized nations without permission is classed as a—FELONY.

    Attn: Don’t let the Communist Chinese get their hands on the Canadian ‘Keystone Pipeline”. The President is likely to veto it, if it goes to Obama from signing. We are being held hostage by the powerful environmentalists, who would see our country begging for oil from countries, which are none to friendly towards us.

    Don’t be fooled—illegal aliens are voting in our election and escaping prosecution. Democrats have illustrated that they do not care, if federal and state law is violated.

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