by John Hill
Stand With Arizona
Federal District Judge Sharon Lovelace Blackburn again refused to halt Alabama’s tough new immigration enforcement law, pending appeal – this time turning back an “emergency” request by the U.S. Department of Justice and left-wing non-profits who advocate for illegal aliens. She upheld provisions which authorized police to detain people suspected of being in the country illegally if they cannot produce proper documentation when stopped for any reason, among other provisions.
Blackburn said…that the law’s challengers, including President Barack Obama’s administration and civil rights and immigrant advocacy groups, had not shown they were likely to prevail in their efforts to get the law struck down. She also found the public interest would not be harmed by letting the measure stand while the groups appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit.
“Alabama has an interest in enforcing laws properly enacted by its Legislature and not likely to be found unconstitutional,” the judge wrote. “Moreover, the public has an interest in having properly enacted valid laws enforced.”
Amen to that. Her opinion that H.B. 56 is “not likely to be found unconstitutional” is causing deep concern among advocates for illegal alien amnesty, and stands in strong contrast to Judge Susan Bolton, whose outrageous ruling blocking similar provisions in Arizona’s S.B. 1070 was littered with political and emotional excuses, and short on legal reasoning.
With her ruling, the provision to detain illegals is upheld, along with provisions that permit the state to require public schools to determine the legal residency of children, allows Alabama to bar illegal immigrants from commercial contracts with state or local governments, applying for or renewing drivers’ licenses and identification cards or seeking license plates.
Meanwhile, the new law continues to reap early dividends, as an arrest yesterday of a man wanted for first degree child sexual abuse revealed he was a Guatemalan national in the U.S. illegally. The case demonstrated an additional benefit of H.B. 56 – the ability to hold illegals indefinitely. The bond for 28 year old Juan Vargas was set at a ridiculously low $10,000 by the judge – for 1st degree sexual abuse of a child! – but thanks to the new law, Vargas will be held without bond, and will also be placed on ICE retainer. (Video report on the Vargas arrest HERE)
Despite scare tactics and propaganda from a biased media, the people of Alabama will quickly see – as Arizonans have since S.B. 1070′s passage – how crime rates will fall – particularly sexual assault, DUI and identity theft. And they will also see the crushing financial impact from illegal aliens upon schools, hospitals and socials services relieved.
The Federal government has failed, and cannot be trusted to enforce the laws. This is a long term Battle for the States, and every state where we prevail is a victory for all Americans. Stand With Arizona’s attorneys and acivists played a critical role in Alabama, and we are expanding our our Battle to 22 additional states through 2012. Join us. Together We The People will prevail.
PLEASE CONSIDER A DONATION of $10.70 (or an amount your 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.