Alabama’s new anti-illegal immigration law has been stayed, as it were, by U.S. District Judge Sharon L. Blackburn. It is just a temporary stay so that she may study the more than 70 page bill more thoroughly. It’s only 70 pages? Shouldn’t a good bill be like 2000 pages? Anyway, I’m not sure that’s a good thing. I guess it is better than simply declaring it unconstitutional. Similar laws have been passed in Arizona, Utah, Indiana and Georgia. Federal judges already have blocked all or parts of the laws in those states. Good for them(he said facetiously)!
The first thing I do when a ruling like this takes place is to research who appointed her. This time it was George H W Bush. Not a conservative by any stretch but at least not Carter or Clinton.
Among the tenets, the law would require schools to verify the citizenship status of students, but it wouldn’t prevent illegal immigrants from attending public schools. Huh? Then what’s the point in knowing their status? Maybe to issue them additional benefits? The law also would make it a crime to knowingly assist an illegal immigrant by providing them a ride, a job, a place to live or most anything else – a section that church leaders fear would hamper public assistance ministries. What’s a public assistance ministry? I probably don’t want to know. It would just tick me off more.
While the Obama administration contends the state law conflicts with federal immigration law, state Senator Scott Beason [R-Gardendale] contends the federal government isn’t doing its job enforcing immigration laws. First, the Feds are NOT doing their job and second, who is surprised the administration is against it. The last one (Bush-43) wasn’t much better.
My recollection is we have several thousand federal laws regarding immigration and the procedures for handling illegals. I venture to say that almost none of them are adhered to.
Illegal means forbidden by law or statute. It’s cut & dry. If the feds can’t or more apt, won’t do their job, I believe it is the States responsibility to do it in their stead.