No Love in Alabama

No Love in Alabama

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(Special from The Daily Grito)

It was the type of headline that should have sent off a national alarm: Students vanishing from Alabama schools. Instead, a nation that spent three years fastidiously following the investigation into one missing girl seemed to hardly notice a disappearance numbering in the thousands.

The headline, I should clarify, actually said they were Hispanic students. And there was no mystery for Nancy Grace to solve. Last week U.S. District Judge Sharon Blackburn decided to uphold key parts of Alabama’s anti-immigrant legislation, including a provision that requires public schools to verify students’ immigration status. The enactment of the legislation inspired many confused and terrified parents to pull their children– a number of whom are probably U.S. citizens– out of school.

Additional reporting painted an even more complicated picture: parents, fearful of deportation, were signing over custodial rights so that their children could stay in the country without them.

Immigration hardliners from the Grand Old Party used the opportunity to mock the families affected by the law in a tone of self-congratulation.

Alabama State Sen. Scott Beason dismissed the stories about family separation and student disappearances, saying that they were meant only to “… pull on heart strings.”

Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) appeared on the Laura Ingraham radio show to tell the conservative host that Alabama’s law is a “rational response” to the country’s immigration problem. Asked if “it’s bad that all these Hispanic kids have disappeared from the schools” (emphasis mine), Sessions called it only one of the “unpleasant, unfortunate consequences” of the broken system.

In an interview with Politico, Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) went the farthest, calling the absences “intended consequences” of the law.

It is, apparently, an “intended” consequence for these students, some of them citizens, to miss school. For an Alabama child to save a seat on the bus for her best friend only to realize that she’s never coming back. For a mother to give her only son over to virtual strangers so that he might have a shot at the promise of America. What kind of leader “intends” for such things to happen?

“We don’t have the money in America to keep paying for the education of everybody else’s children from around the world,” Brooks said. “With respect to illegal aliens who are now leaving jobs in Alabama, that’s exactly what we want.”

There is one truth in Brook’s statement: immigrants are leaving jobs in Alabama. But American citizens aren’t filling those vacated, largely agricultural jobs. Instead, Alabama’s farmers are unable to find enough labor to harvest their crops. Blueberries, tomatoes and squash are dying on the vine. Call it less an intended consequence than “unpleasant, unfortunate” collateral damage that hard line Republicans are willing to accept, even in these hard times. Just like they are willing to say goodbye to the $130 million in taxes that undocumented immigrants pour into the cash-strapped state each year.

There is no way to compel these GOP leaders with logical arguments, nor with appeals to “family values.” A change in the polls would be nice, but that’s not the point either. There’s something deeper, disdainful, in the way they talk about “all these Hispanic kids.” Something’s rotten in Alabama … and in the Republican Party.  It’s not just the blueberries.

3 COMMENTS

  1. The only thing rotten in America, is the cancerous tumor of Illegal Immigration. What do criminals do, when they believe they are in threat of being caught and punished for their crimes? They run or hide. We have 2,000,000 Americans vanquishing in our prisons for breaking our laws, separated from their children and families. These Illegals are not locked up for their crimes. They have the freedom to keep their families together and to return to their countries of origin. The U.S. is not that country. The suffering of the children of Illegal Immigrants, is the fault of their Illegal Immigrant parents bad criminal behavior. These Illegal Immigrant children can get everything they need, from food, water to education in their countries of origin and for once, their Illegal Immigrant parents can pay for it. Americans have no sympathy for a lawless immoral people, who have exploited our welfare system and disrespected us, by disrespecting our sovereignty and our laws. We have our own American children, whose families are suffering home and job losses, having to go onto foodstamps, 47,000,000 strong now and they have to stand strong, do the right thing, all within the perimeters of the Rule of Law. American have no other country to run to, to make their lives better. We will fight to keep the only one we have. It belongs to us, paid with the blood of Americans in every war since its birth. Illegals have to leave, before they start a war.

  2. NOT JUST THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION?

    Every jobless man and women should join the fight, to assure that Rep. Lamar Smith "THE LEGAL WORKFORCE ACT” passes. Some of the positive aspects are that it will determine who has a right to settle, work in the United States. E-Verify is part of the H.R. (H.R. 2885, Only the open border and special interests coalitions have an agenda to stop its passage and will not go down without a bitter battle. It is estimated that 8 to 9 million illegal aliens are lucratively employed in the United States and dependent territories, and need to be replaced by the growing ranks of unemployed legal workers.

    Taking illegal aliens out of American jobs they don't deserve has never been popular with many in Congress. Its utterly disgusting that some Members of Congress –either Democrat or Republicans– give enforcement measures like E-Verify lip service, but they can't be counted on to act when they have the chance. What we're now seeing with the House Ways and Means Committee sitting on H.R. 2885, Rep Lamar Smith's mandatory E-Verify bill? It sure looks that way to patriotic Americans, Multi-millions of TEA PARTY members. Every legal immigrant, whether Black, White, Hispanic, Latino, Asian of any race.

    THIS IS NOT ABOUT A person’s ethnicity, as the special interests wishes you to perceive? It’s about saving the state of Arizona, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, even Liberal California and Nevada—it’s about billions of dollars—IN YOUR MONEY—being extracted from you by the tax code to support people who have illegally homesteaded in this nation. It’s about overcrowded schools, closing hospitals and a clogged prison system.
    Here are four quick facts from NumbersUSA, the pro-sovereignty website.

    1)22 million Americans cannot find a full-time job.
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    3)Chairman Lamar Smith's (R-TX) E-Verify bill, the Legal Workforce Act, will free up millions of these jobs for the legal workers who deserve them.
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    3) E-Verify has cleared its biggest single hurdle, when it passed (without crippling amendments!) through the House Judiciary Committee.

    5)Now, the House Ways and Means Committee must either agree to the bill or just send it directly to the House Floor for action. If Ways and Means doesn't agree to H.R. 2885, the bill will probably go nowhere, that is—-it will die.
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    5) President Obama’s “job act” that relates to “Construction” jobs must go to citizens and lawful residents. Other than U.S. farmers building Contractors and their sub-contractors are the worst perpetrators of hiring illegal aliens. Currently a third of US businesses and corporations are using E-Verify, to employ American job hunters. Prestigious skilled workers, should be given a high preference for a working visa, but—ECONOMIC—illegal aliens should not be accepted or tourists and other overstays who never return to birth place. A “Bracero” type program should be available for honest farmers, but with a tracking system so field labor returns home, when their visa expires.

    The truth is, if Americans fail to get H.R. 2885 past the Ways and Means Committee, all the hard work this year will have been for nothing! NOTHING! We must get that committee to send this bill on to the Floor.

  3. More about the Ways and Means Committee and E-Verify

    You may ask, "Why does the Ways and Means Committee have jurisdiction over an immigration enforcement bill?. One of the greatest features of H.R. 2885 is the "No Match" letters to employers and the "Multiple Match" notices to employees.

    These will identify illegal aliens using fictitious or stolen identities. They will lead to mass firings of illegal aliens who currently have jobs.

    Both the "No Match" letters and the multiple match letters sections of H.R. 2885 are connected to the Social Security Administration. The House Ways and Means Committee has jurisdiction over those parts of the bill. If Chairman Lamar Smith is forced to strip out those provisions, MILLIONS OF ILLEGAL ALIENS would have permanent access to jobs they have already gained illegally.

    What's the Motive of the Ways and Means Committee? THIS IS NOT JUST THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION LEGAL OBSTACLES, BUT THE ELITISTS IN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY.

    And why would the Ways and Means Committee be blocking this bill anyway? Do they have legitimate differences on policy issues? Is it out of spite or legislative turf protecting? Sure looks that way. Whatever the reason for them sitting on this bill, the result is millions of Americans left without work because illegal aliens are filling the jobs!

    THE AMERICAN PEOPLE…are you content to see that happen? Let me ask it another way. Are you determined to get the ENTIRE E-VERIFY BILL, including the N0 MATCH AND MULTIPLE MATCH LETTERS, SIGNED INTO LAW?

    Good. Me, too! At NumbersUSA, they are in total battle mode. They have the servers to send out free faxes like there is no tomorrow. They are pushing forward new technology to help in the effort. They are providing toll-free telephone numbers where we think they are needed. They are even advertising directly in the backyards of Members of Congress who carry the most weight on these decisions.

    Study “ImmigrationCounters site for in depth details on illegal immigrations, such as statistics, jobs, Social Services and welfare and figures on incarcerations. REMEMBER THE CHIEF MAJORITY OF THE TEA PARTY, WILL NEGATE ANY CHANCE OF ANOTHER AMNESTY, OR ANY TYPE OF SHREWD ILLEGAL ALIEN CLEMENCY.

    These reluctant politicians must be shown no peace, by our calls and free faxes, compliments of NumbersUSA. Contact Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH); House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA); House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) ; House Chairman of Ways & Means Committee Dave Camp (R-MI); & Members of the Ways & Means Committee. You can additionally contact your own local Senator or Representative or federal politician at 202-224-3121 and insist on E-Verify. NEBRASKA, Rep. Berg, Rick (GOP) (202-225-2611) ; NEBRASKA, Rep. Smith, Adrian (GOP) (202-225-6435); LOUISIANA, Rep. Boustany, Charles (GOP) (202-225-2031); MICHIGAN, Rep. Camp, Dave (GOP) (202-225-3561) & (202-225-2031); KENTUCKY, Rep. Davis, Geoff (GOP) (202-225-3465); PENNSYLVANIA, Rep. Gerlach, Jim (GOP)(202-225-4315); KANSAS, Rep. Jenkins, Lynn (GOP)(202-225-6601); MINNESOTA, Rep. Paulsen, Erik (GOP)(202-225-2871); WASHINGTON, Rep. Reichert, Dave (GOP) (202-225-7761); WISCONSIN, Rep. Ryan, Paul (GOP) (202-225-3031)

    You can additionally contact your own local Senator or Representative or federal politician at 202-224-3121 and insist on E-Verify.

    One Old Vet saying, “Stand next to me and you’ll never stand alone.”

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