SWEET HOME ALABAMA: Illegal Immigrant Crackdown

Not such a sweet state for illegal immigrants.  Alabama’s Governor, Robert Bentley, signed a law which will crackdown on illegal immigrants in the state.  The Alabama measure is modeled after the recent Arizona law, and Bentley claims it will withstand any legal challenges brought by civil liberties groups who try to block it.  The legislation makes it mandatory for employers to use E-Verify to check the legal status of workers they hire, police to detain anyone suspected of being an illegal immigrant, once they have been stopped for another reason, public schools will be required to have proof of student’s citizenship status and landlords will have to check their renter’s status.  It also makes it illegal for someone to have an illegal immigrant as a passenger in their car.

MOMism:  ”Home sweet home.”  We teach our kids that “home” is where they are safe and secure.  Home is where they are always welcome.  And, home is where the heart is.  But, there are millions of people who don’t really have a home in the USA.  They live in the shadows of our society, trying to make a better life for their family, but they didn’t come here legally, so in a way, they have broken in – they have broken the law, our trust in the system and our hearts.    

Our nation is one of laws that are based on our sense of fairness.  Our kids understand that things need to be “fair” and that they need to follow the rules.  Our kids have to learn to respect the rules at home and in school, so when they get out in the big bad world, they will know that they are NOT above the law.  The big world has lots of rules, and breaking those rules carries consequences.  Immigration laws should be about following the rules that help keep our HOME safe from those who mean to do us harm or take advantage of our generosity.  We are a welcoming and generous nation, but we are going through some tough times and the mood has soured on anyone here without permission.  

We understand that our strength is our diversity and scrappy, hard-working nature, but we need to know who enters our home.  Right MAMAS?  Who is here to help, not hurt?  We give out keys to those we trust, not those who sneak in.  We are a nation of immigrants…legal immigrants.  We know it’s not easy to play by the rules and come into this country legally anymore.  There is no line at Ellis Island for people to stand in, so desperate people seeking something safe and secure for their own kids, do desperate things.  It is heart-breaking.  But, they do so at the expense of those who are lucky enough to be born in the USA or had enough money to buy their way in (going rate is a $500,000 investment in an American business).      

So MAMAs, illegal immigration is a complex issue that is going to require comprehensive reform, but do you think proof of citizenship for public services, or a job, is a good place to start to get our house in order?  What are your ideas and opinions MAMAS to accommodate our big American family?      


4 Responses to SWEET HOME ALABAMA: Illegal Immigrant Crackdown

  1. hudsonmama June 16, 2011 at 5:47 am #
    Opinionated MAMA
    Party MAMAs

    Yes, we are a nation of immigrants, but now we immigrants don't want any more competition for the "riches" we enjoy.
    How can we now safe Americans be expected to compromise our comfortable "lifestyles" while others go hungry? Of course we can't!

    • Anonymous June 16, 2011 at 4:37 pm #
      Opinionated MAMA

      This issue is so complicated, but any mother should understand the desperation of making sure your child is safe and cared for. There are many facets to the problem…conditions in Mexico, no easy path to citizenship anymore, business demand for cheap labor, other domestic help demands, public services being squeezed for funding, I.d. Theft because of the underground network of undocumented workers, etc. It is mind boggling and, like all our nations problems, it requires real solutions, not band-aids. If we were honest about the fact that business wants these workers, then we'd give them a path to citizenship and they could pay taxes for the services and so many problems would go away. But, if we keep pretending that there is no demand here, then the problem will never get solved. Human instinct and the desire to provide a better life for your family is what has always brought people here, regardless of the hardship it took to get here…and that is what brings people here today and will bring people here tomorrow.

    • hudsonmama June 17, 2011 at 6:20 am #
      Opinionated MAMA
      Party MAMAs

      I do hope my comment was read with the sarcasm intended. It irks me so as I sit in my comfortable home, with my happy, comparatively easy life, and read how selfish and smug so many Americans are about what we have. I have a son who is dedicating his life to feeding the poor in our region. Now him I admire. Sharing bounty is a better attitude.

  2. Anonymous June 16, 2011 at 11:56 am #
    Opinionated MAMA

    This topic is very complex. The laws being written at the state level help no one, least of all America. If we really want to slow down the number of undocumented people from crossing into America for work, then jobs need to be created in their home countries. I hear time and time again it is not America's problem to create jobs in Mexico. But as long as people want to stop the influx of people coming into this country without paper work then it is America's problem too. With out jobs there they will continue to migrate until they find jobs.

    Here is why… because when you are poor and never had an opportunity for an education you already have little options. So, you can either watch your family starve, your babies die from simple illnesses… or you can walk for weeks until to get the hot desert boarder and risk your life to cross it…. so you can break your back mowing lawns, picking fruit, and watching white babies for pennies on the dollar. Most Americans would do the same if the shoe was on the other foot.

    I would also like to point out that Americans would need to get used to higher food prices and other

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