“Controversial” SB 1070 serves as pattern for similar legislation in other states
Alabama’s Gov. Robert Bentley has signed HB 56 into law. The measure was modeled on Arizona’s SB 1070, which the Arizona Republic contends is old news and no longer generating support. This morning the newspaper gave the monumental Alabama law two biased sentences on the front page (with a jump to page 5), calling it the “nation’s toughest immigration law.” Apparently there was not room for the defining word “illegal.”
The legislative fact sheet states the bill is intended to stem and reverse the flow of unauthorized aliens into Alabama through strengthening the immigration enforcement authorities of state and local governments. Provisions of the bill are specifically designed to deter the infiltration of illegal immigrants by prohibiting practices in the public and private sector that currently encourage undocumented workers to locate in Alabama.
Alabama employers also are now required to use the federal E-Verify system to determine if new workers are in the country legally.
Rep. Micky Hammon, the House sponsor, said the bill was written to withstand Constitutional challenges. Sen. Scott Beason, described the legislation as creating jobs and putting thousands of unemployed Alabama citizens back in the workforce.
Georgia’s Gov. Nathan Deal signed HB 87 an SB 1070 inspired enforcement law last month. The fact that neither Georgia nor Alabama are border states, is a clear indication of the far-reaching tentacles of illegal immigration and the negative impact this leftist endorsed criminality has on all of America.
Arizona State Senate President Russell Pearce (R-Dist.18) shepherded the passage of SB 1070. The state law, which the Arizona Republic newspaper repeatedly refers to as “controversial,” is actually the recipient of widespread support here and nationally. Numerous other states, fed up with the illegal invasion and its astronomical costs, have introduced similar legislation. Last year 346 laws addressing illegal immigration were enacted.
There’s nothing “controversial” about that.