Last year, frustrated by the Obama administration’s refusal to enforce its own federal laws on illegal immigration, Arizona passed a law to enforce exactly those laws. For that, Arizona was vilified, threatened with boycott by some states (e.g., California), and even sued by Obama’s Dept of Justice. After which a federal judge blocked the most “controversial” parts of Arizona’s law. A federal appeals court judge upheld the decision, and Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has said she plans to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.
But that won’t stop other states or the American people because we are sick and tired of illegals not only blatantly flaunting the laws of the United States, but feeling entitled about it.
Bob Johnson of the Associated Press reports this morning, June 9, 2011, that Alabama’s newly elected Republican Governor Robert Bentley just signed into law America’s toughest illegal immigration bill.
The new law requires public schools to determine students’ immigration status and makes it a crime to knowingly give an illegal immigrant a ride. The bill also allows police to arrest anyone suspected of being an illegal immigrant if they’re stopped for any other reason. Alabama employers also are now required to use a federal system called E-Verify to determine if new workers are in the country legally.
Already, leftist groups including the American Civil Liberties Union and the Montgomery-based Southern Poverty Law Center say they plan to challenge it.
The legal director for the Southern Poverty Law Center, Mary Bauer, said Thursday that she expects a lawsuit to be filed before the provisions of law are scheduled to take effect on Sept. 1. Bauer blabbered the usual liberal lies: “It is clearly unconstitutional. It’s mean-spirited, racist and we think a court will enjoin it.”
Alabama’s neighbor, Georgia, also passed a law cracking down on immigration this year, and civil liberties groups also have filed a lawsuit trying to block it.
68-year-old Gov. and Dr. Bentley, a US Air Force veteran and a dermatologist before he was elected to the governorship last November, had campaigned on passing the toughest anti-illegal immigration bill possible. He said he believes the law will withstand legal challenges because the bill was written so that if any part of it is determined to be unconstitutional or violate federal law, the rest will stand.
You go, Alabama !!!