An article in Salon about the Alabama immigration law. As I noted last week, its main beneficiary will be lawyers. But also very apparent is how it seeks to target and even criminalize citizens. If you are a landlord, you can be charged with a crime if you screw up. If you are an elected official, you can be sued. If you are a citizen of the United States, you can be dragged to jail if you happen to be outside without your ID.
As much as people try to deny race is involved, check out this Allstate/NationalJournal Heartland Monitor Poll. When asked about demographic change that has increased the Hispanic population, people were given two different statements to assess. 50% of all respondents, 53% of whites, and 51% of African Americans, and in fact even 34% of Hispanics agreed with the following:
These trends are troubling because the population change in this country is happening too quickly and causing fundamental changes to the character and values of the United States at a time when the country is already faced with high unemployment and many Americans are living at or below the poverty line.