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?