by John Hill
Stand With Arizona
Alabama GOP leaders slammed Eric Holder and the Department of Justice for suing the state over H.B. 56, saying the Federal failure to secure the border and enforce immigration laws has compelled the states to act. And they showed strong defiance that they would prevail against Holder and his ACLU legal team.
Mike Hubbard, the Alabama House Speaker said:
“Make no mistake, this lawsuit will not undo Alabama’s immigration law. If the court finds problems with parts of the law, tweaks can be made,” Mr. Hubbard said. “But Alabama is not going to be a sanctuary state for illegal immigrants. Alabama will have a strict immigration law and we will enforce it.”
Holder’s DOJ filed suit against Alabama’s outstanding immigration law on August 1st, despite such laws having strong support from the American People. A July 15 Rasmussen Poll showed that a whopping 67% of Americans (with just 22% opposed) support states like Alabama and Arizona passing state laws to enforce immigration law when the Federal government fails to act. And this issue promises to be a big battleground in next year’s elections.
But all Alabama is trying to do is to rein in the massive costs of illegal aliens to state taxpayers, and curtail employment of illegals which has so devastated Alabama’s economy and unemployment. Illegal aliens cost Alabama $298 million annually, and Federal malfeasance has permitted Alabama’s illegal immigrant population to increase by nearly 400 percent over the past decade.
As Alabama’s Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh said:
“With almost one out of every 10 Alabamians looking for a job, we need to make sure that legal Alabama residents are not being passed over for employment in lieu of those who are here illegally.”
In other words, while Eric Holder is focused on politics and pandering to groups such as the National Council of La Raza (“The Race”), Alabama’s GOP leaders are concerned with JOBS, and the destructive impact illegal aliens have against Alabama workers.
And H.B. 56 does exactly that, by having the most direct impact upon illegal aliens of any state law yet. Alabama leaders followed the lead of Arizona’s S.B. 1070. H.B. 56 orders police to detain those they suspect of being in the country illegally when stopped for any reason; makes it a crime to knowingly transport or harbor someone illegally in the country and requires public schools to determine the immigration status of students. The law was strengthened further after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Arizona’s strict employer sanctions law. Stand With Arizona‘s legal team (led by Gil Schwab) helped lawmakers adapt H.B. 56 to include this new Arizona-style language, and the law added a mandate for use of E-Verify and removal of business licenses from those who knowingly and repeatedly hire illegals aliens.
As a result, H.B. 56 would have a dramatic impact against illegal aliens, causing them to leave the state en masse, as they did in Arizona. And of course the cynical race-politics of the Obama Administration cannot permit that. So they had the ACLU construct a lawsuit to try and stop it.
House GOP Majority Leader Micky Hammon, who penned H.B. 56, said:
“(Federal officials) have turned a blind eye toward the immigration issue and refuse to fulfill their constitutional duty to enforce laws already on the books. Now, they want to block our efforts to secure Alabama’s borders and prevent our jobs and taxpayer dollars from disappearing into the abyss that illegal immigration causes.”
A hearing is set for August 24th in the courtroom of Chief U.S. District Judge Sharon Blackburn in Birmingham, AL to hear arguments in the request for an injunction to stop H.B. 56. Stand With Arizona will marshall all the resources we have – legal, organizational, and media – to help Alabama in this fight, as we have with Arizona and other states.
The die is cast and the battle lines drawn. But whatever the outcome, the GOP leaders of Alabama, Hammon, Marsh and Hubbards, as well as Gov. Bob Bentley, have distinguished themselves as patriots and public servants of the highest order. Gentlemen, we salute you!
PLEASE CONSIDER A DONATION of $10.70 (or an amount you prefer) to Stand With Arizona in honor of SB1070, to help us continue to fight against illegal alien amnesty and push for Arizona-style enforcement laws nationwide: DONATE link. Thank you.