16 countries challenge Alabama’s new immigration law

Sunday, August 7, 2011 at 4:38 pm by

Last week, 16 nations filed briefs in a US District Court against Alabama’s new anti-immigration law, the strictest yet in a string of anti-immigration legislation passed in other states like Arizona and Georgia. This law, passed in early June, 2011 follows in the footsteps of the infamous Arizona law, SB 1070, but goes even further in criminalizing immigrants, encouraging racial profiling, and violating civil rights.

Starting September 1, police in Alabama will be required to detain someone suspected of being in the country illegally if they cannot present documentation, the public schools will have to determine the immigration status of all their students, and anyone who knowingly harbors or transports an undocumented immigrant will be breaking the law.

The 16 countries who filed the brief against Alabama’s law, recognize how harmful it could be for their citizens. These countries include Mexico, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay. Instead of state legislation that threatens the rights of immigrants, this group of nations advocates for a single national immigration policy in the United States. Edward Still, an attorney in Birmingham who filed the briefs for these nations, told the Montgomery Advertiser,

They want to make sure their citizens are treated correctly, and they have a sovereign interest in the way in which immigration law is carried out by the United States…They want to have one immigration law and not 50.

These countries are not alone in calling for the end of this law. The Department of Justice is challenging the law in court along with several lawsuits brought by the ACLU, the National Immigration Law Center, and the Methodist, Episcopalian and Roman Catholic churches.

The Director of the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project, Cecillia Wang described the civil rights travesty that this law could become in the ACLU’s press release,

This law is an outrageous throw-back to the pre-Civil Rights era, going beyond the discriminatory and unconstitutional police practices that we’ve seen in other states. It blocks the schoolhouse doors to children, will result in people being turned away when they try to rent a home, and places burdens on people of color at the voting booth.

Hopefully, the combined efforts of 16 foreign countries, 2 civil rights organizations, 3 churches, and the United States Department of Justice can stop this law. If not, perhaps the federal government will realize that these state laws will continue to pass as long as it fails to reform the immigration system on the national level and take a stand against racial profiling.

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One Response to “16 countries challenge Alabama’s new immigration law”

  1. Brittanicus Says:

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    It’s so incredulous that we have around 14 million Americans searching for jobs, or given up even trying and here we have the Democrats, probably strongly influenced by the left wing. Benevolent handouts to people who entered America illegally. How many US Citizens and legalized residents are homeless, veterans and seniors, nevertheless we are placing a roof over these people heads? If that doesn’t get you mad, the fact that they don’t even have to mow a lawn, pay for garbage removal, since your taxes is paying for these services.

    According to Edwin Rubenstein authored this disturbing report, you can examine at http://www.TheSocialContract.com, and many more exasperating concerns he addressed about the illegal aliens. Another episode that continues without penalty is the IRS dilemma of fraud on a grand scale is child tax credits by illegal aliens. This is just another part of the failure adding to the feds paying out $113 Billion dollars to support illegal aliens a year. Rubenstein black hit list can be accessed at http://www.vdare.com/rubenstein/index.htm, with many articles on illegal immigration and the costs that come out of your payroll check. Thousands of Americans are living in poverty, unemployed and living on food stamps, but our money is used to house, school and offer free health care to these people who broke our laws?

    Join your local TEA PARTY and add your voice in opposition to the corruption in Washington. The Tea Party leaders are mobilized not to accept any more amnesties, under any assumed name as Immigration Reform. This will explode our population as millions more will come through sponsorship of the CHAIN MIGRATION policies of previous administrations. The DREAM ACT is another “Sleight of hand” amnesty that exacts the same level of CHAIN MIGRATION in future years. It’s been twenty five years since the grand amnesty of 1986, which has not only encouraged illegal immigration, but poured millions of illegal newcomers into every community in our country.

    These outlaws have sucked State, county and communities dry of public welfare, dearly needed for the unemployed. With an estimated 300.000 babies smuggled through Americas sporadic border fence, or through airport terminals the costs are staggering. In just the State of New Mexico, FAIR’s assessment is $608 Millions annually spent to support illegal aliens. This is just the outlay in one state and not the US Government expenditures and other States estimated $113 Billion dollars a year. Learn more at http://www.fairus.org/site/DocServer/USCostStudy_2010.pdf?docID=4921. Some Northern States get off easy, but Border States are hit hard and that picks out the Sanctuary State of California, run by mostly Liberal Legislators, adding an almost astonishing amount of a 26 Billion dollar deficit. But all States together run up a tab of $83 Billion dollars, which shows serious rot of the lawmakers who run this country.

    Illegal Immigration News from the American Patrol web site, where the real news is collected and not the propaganda?

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