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The continuing crisis of states imposing draconian and inhumane immigration laws continues, and hits the main page of BusinessWeek. More states will realize the consequences, both political and economic, of implementing these types of laws that vilify immigrants and seem to scape goat many problems years in the making on the backs of people who actually contribute and make the country a better place.

Today's battlefront is Alabama, and the stupidity is coming home to roost.  

Some of the provisions of this bill are just sickening. Hiring an undocumented immigrant? State crime. Providing shelter for housing to an undocumented immigrant? State crime. Giving a stranded undocumented immigrant a ride to the nearest pay phone? You guessed it, state crime.

People won't be able to pick up their kids and their kids friends after practice without the worry and suspicion that they could be guilty of violating this POS law.

Tuscaloosa County’s 6,000-strong Hispanic population—including roofers, drywallers, framers, landscapers, and laborers—is disappearing in anticipation of a new law aimed at ridding the state of illegal immigrants, which takes effect in September. “They’re leaving now, right now,” says Duarte, 36, during a pause in a pickup soccer game. “I know people who are packing up tonight. They don’t want to wait to see what happens.”

Well we know what happens. There's a mass exodus from sectors that traditionally employ latinos and undocumented immigrants, and the results tend to be bleak. How could they not be?

Alabama has an estimated 120,000 undocumented immigrants, a nearly fivefold increase from a decade ago, according to the Pew Hispanic Center. Many of them are believed to be working on farms, at chicken processing plants and in construction.

Sad that in the wake of natural disaster, there may be a shortage of help and a prolonged recovery because of the racism.

Tuscaloosa is home to the University of Alabama and its storied Crimson Tide football team. The tornado roared through the city, killing 43 and leaving a path of rubble three-quarters of a mile wide and six miles long. The immigration law threatens to unleash its own havoc as the city tries to rebuild. “Hispanics, documented and undocumented, dominate anything to do with masonry, concrete, framing, roofing, and landscaping,” says Bob McNelly, a contractor with Nash-McCraw Properties.

Let's hope the courts follow through on striking down these unconstitutional and racists laws, and that we can get some traction on real immigration reform. We need it badly. Whether its conventions canceling in Arizona, Georgia farmers letting crops rot on the vine, or Alabama scenes of destruction unable to rebuild, these shortsighted laws are just plain wrong.

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  •  H2B visas, I think they are? (0+ / 0-)

    Why can't the Obama administration and Corporate Welfare Loving Republicans in the Senate streamline and expand visas for agricultural workers?

    I'm not sure about construction workers.  Out here in the newly-minted Pac 12 Land Of Utah; there are several thousand unemployed US citizen and legal immigrant construction workers.

    I'm not sure they could handle Alabama humidity, though.

    •  ... (1+ / 0-)
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      Utahrd

      First, Roll tide!  Second, the U going to the PAC-who cares is like Juan Deigo going to 5A and joining Skyline's region (that's for us Utah folks), entertaining but still sad.  Third,  you know at least a eighth of those unemployed here just returned from their missions down there and are looking reason to go back because you know, "it was the greatest time of my life".

      "Jesus, does President Obama start anything on time anymore? It's like being in a club and waiting for Lauryn Hill show to being."- The Rude Pundit live-whiskey blogging Obama's Big Damn Middle East Policy

      by lcj98 on Fri Jul 01, 2011 at 08:30:46 AM PDT

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      •  But Skyline is over the salary cap (0+ / 0-)

        They might have to re-do some contracts.

        I work with some former construction workers.  Where I work is a big pay cut for them compared to construction.  They'd love a construction job in Alabama.  They'd hate the humidity and the lack of snowboarding.

  •  There are racists? In Alabama? Who'da thunk? (4+ / 0-)

    Happy just to be alive

    by exlrrp on Fri Jul 01, 2011 at 07:43:27 AM PDT

  •  Even Spencer Bachus (1+ / 0-)
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    has ripped the new law. Bachus represents the most solidly Republican House district (AL-06) east of the Mississippi River.

    "I think it's going to be almost impossible to enforce certain parts of the law," Bachus said before the start of his speech to the Rotary Club of Birmingham.

    "I think it will suppress economic activity," he added.

  •  I sort of don't get it. (4+ / 0-)

    Isn't this the result the Alabama voters wanted? I don't mean this in a schadenfreude-ish way, I seriously am asking why this scenario is a problem in the perception of an average conservative working-class Alabama white person.

    They want the undocumented gone, they'll be gone. Along with a fair number of documented-but-scared, but that's neutral at worst, in the minds of those voters.

    You and I may be horrified by the intolerance and the underlying buzz of bigotry, but I'm not seeing how this is going to turn out in a bad way politically for the right-wingers.

  •  What has been will be again... (0+ / 0-)

    what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.


    Kevin dropped his ice cream and blames Obama? He's gone hamsher!

    by punditician on Fri Jul 01, 2011 at 08:35:52 AM PDT

  •  Only Mexican can rebuild Alabama (2+ / 0-)
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    Louisiana 1976, seeta08

    Like the people of Louisiana  learnth after Katrina  ,without the help of illegal  labor ,the citizen of  New Orleans would be living in third world condition and after the Mexican rebuilt New Orleans ,they tried too get rid of them ,  Alabama will learn a  hard lesson ,how the building industry is dependent on illegal workers

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