Monday, June 13, 2011

Alabama law

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.

3 comments:

Vicente Duque 12:50 PM  

Mr Weeks :

This is extremely comical and funny :

While his enemies practice "Dirty Tricks" like in Alabama. President Obama is in a "Tropical Vacation" to North Carolina, Miami and Puerto Rico. Clue to the Riddle : North Carolina also has a good number of Latinos.

Obama in Puerto Rico is an effort to build some security into the president’s reelection bid at a time when the economy remains wildly unpredictable. Hispanics may be Obama's Life Insurance
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Politicians from Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Bronx know that visiting Puerto Rico brings a lot of votes in New York. But Obama aims beyond New York State, which he wins very easily !

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No wonder that Mr Obama is compared very frequently to Felix, the Cat.

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Staffing Supplier 11:25 AM  

I agree completely with Vicente, When the countrymen are suffering from Job loss & unemployment, These tours will not help them Reforms & measures to generate jobs will help them.

Vicente Duque 11:49 AM  

United Farm Workers Union about Alabama new Anti-Immigrant Law : Prices of fruits and vegetables will rise because companies are not able to employ undocumented immigrants for harvest. New law will go into effect on Sept. 1, at the height of the farming season


If American AgriBusiness finds trouble hiring laborers then Americans may consume imported fruits and vegetables. That is exporting labor, production, investment and wealth.


Campus Progress Organization -
Alabama Brings Back Troubled Racial History With New Immigration Law -
by Yana Kunichoff
Monday, June 13, 2011



http://campusprogress.org/articles/alabama_brings_back_troubled_racial_history_with_new_immigration_law/


Some excerpts :

“What we saw in Arizona was CEOs writing letters to the Senate president saying ‘look, when you pass this style of laws, we get hurt by the consequences of the boycotts and the protests,’ ” Loewe said, and “states like Florida took notice of that and decided to turn away from the 1070[-like] laws.”

Anti-immigrant legislation introduced in Florida, along with California, Nevada and Texas, didn’t make it out of the legislature.

Alabama Rep. Micky Hammon, the Republican who sponsored the bill, called it a “jobs-creation bill for Americans.”

But opponents expect the opposite. The Southern Poverty Law Center said the bill was likely to push the state “into a costly trap.” Not only will it be very expensive to defend the law in federal court, argued the SPLC, but the state will lose” “millions more in lost tax revenue from Alabama businesses that will bear the brunt of boycotts of Alabama goods and services and lost sales to documented and undocumented immigrants who flee the state rather than deal with racial profiling and the state’s anti-immigrant climate.”

The United Farm Workers union has also warned that prices of fruits and vegetables may rise if companies are not able to employ low-wage workers, usually undocumented immigrants, for the harvest.

The new law will go into effect on Sept. 1, at the height of the farming season.
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