• Judge Partially Upholds Alabama Immigration Law

    There's one thing Alabama legislators know for certain about brown people: they are magic.

    The American civilian labor force has been growing steadily since 1948, with Baby Boomers and women entering the job market en masse. Rarely do we say these new workers "took der jerbs," because new employees create demand for more goods and services, while freeing up other workers for more productive employment.

    But according to anti-immigration activists, undocumented laborers possess magical job-destroying properties, denying Real Americans the chance to work in such sexy and lucrative fields as agricultural field work and manual labor.

    Now, thanks to Alabama's draconian anti-immigration law and a federal judge who upheld many of the law's provisions, those of us seeking backbreaking, underpaid employment on Alabama's poultry farms can breathe a sigh of relief…

    A federal judge gave a green light for Alabama to enforce some of the most controversial parts of its toughest-in-the-nation immigration law, ruling that certain measures do not violate federal law.

    U.S. District Judge Sharon Blackburn ruled that Alabama can enforce the law’s requirements for schools to verify students’ immigration status and for police to determine citizenship and status of those they stop, detain or arrest. Police are allowed to arrest anyone they suspect of being an illegal immigrant during a routine traffic stop, under the law…

    But Blackburn granted the Obama administration’s request to block certain portions of the law until she makes a final ruling. Those sections include provisions making it a crime to transport or harbor an illegal immigrant, or for an illegal immigrant to look for or perform work.

    Given Alabama's sterling civil rights record, what could possibly go wrong with a law that deputizes police officers into border patrol agents and turns schoolteachers into Homeland Security officials?

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    Tags: Alabama, Immigration, Laws, Unemployment


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