Apparently, Alabama’s new immigration bill (HB 56) is causing quite a bit of controversy down south. Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, who signed the law back in June, said it would not have been needed “if the federal government would have done its jobs and enforced the laws dealing with this problem. However, they have failed to do that.” The federal government has spoken about protecting our borders, but has not really done anything to secure them. Border states have answered the call, but many are under funded and out manned.
“You’re not supposed to be here without documentation. You’re not supposed to be in the United States,” Bentley argues. “And so that’s all we want to do is to make sure that the people that are here, that are working here, do so legally.”
Many feel that the new bill is unconstitutional and threatens “the most basic human needs,” the U.S. Department of Justice said in a court filing. The U.S. Justice Department, under President Obama, has sued Alabama, arguing that enforcing immigration policy is the job of the federal government, not the states. Gov. Bentley says Alabama is just enforcing laws that the federal government has not. He added, “This law was never designed to hurt fellow human beings.”
Sen. Jim DeMint, R-South Carolina, called it “absurd” for an administration “which has failed to enforce the nation’s immigration laws” to try to stop South Carolina, Alabama, and Arizona “from taking commonsense steps to protect citizens and uphold the law.”
“I’m not going to back down from the fact that we need immigration reform in this country,” Bentley says. “Let me tell you, if the federal government would do their job, that’s all we ask. If the federal government would do their job, we wouldn’t, states wouldn’t have to do this. It would not be necessary for Alabama or Georgia or Utah or South Carolina or Arizona or any of these other states to pass immigration bills if the federal government would do their job.”
Among the critics are the farmers that have seen a sudden loss of undocumented workers. The “Help” as they call them have fled the area because of the fear of being deported. Some are moving up north where legislation has yet to be enforced and others are taking the whole family and returning back to Mexico, with no intentions of ever coming back. The farmers are complaining that their business’s are in danger of going under. The argument is that most legal U.S. citizens are not up to the task of working 12-14 hours a day doing backbreaking work for pennies on the dollar.
Maybe these farmers should step back and think about what they are complaining about. Let’s see, they can’t find anyone willing to work hard labor for hours and hours a day for very little pay? Maybe if they increased the wages and working environment, they could get legals to work for them?
On another note, we as society have gotten lazy and complacent. Our impatience has gotten the best of us and many feel they are above an honest days pay! I remember hearing from my grandma about the Great Depression and how any work they could find was greatly appreciated. The work ethics back then were much stronger than they are now. One guy that did go to work on one of the farms quit after a day and said he would rather return to Applebees to wash dishes.
To ease the adjustment, Bentley has set up a statewide employment hotline for farmers looking for agriculture workers. The site has not produced many willing to work and those that are, have not lasted very long. It seems there is much more to this than the farmers are willing to admit. Would they really care if this law didn’t affect their businesses? Probably not! A new forecast from the University of Alabama estimates the law will cost the state economy at least $40 million in lost revenue overall, but will even out as time goes on.
This goes back to the simple question that no one is willing to ask, why has a government failed its own people enough that they risk life and limb to go to another country with the hope of a better life for themselves and their families. Why has no one called the Mexican Government out about this?? They actually encourage this because they know that those that make it to the U.S. and find work, will send U.S. dollars back to family still in Mexico.
Our focus should be on comprehensive immigration reform and If this law stands, children will be denied admission to public schools if they can’t prove their citizenship, and schools will be turned into enforcement operations. Poor people of color will be ripped from their families if they are caught in public without their papers in order. Samaritans and people of conscience who employ, harbor or help undocumented workers will be severely punished.
This current system is not working. My heart goes out to undocumented people, looking for an honest buck, but have they gone to their own elected officials first? Is there a movement going on down in Mexico demanding their government to take responsibility for the citizens of that country? No! I don’t mean to sound harsh but the United States is currently NOT in a position to take on another country’s citizens.