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Crackdown Against Immigrants Taking Toll on Alabama, Georgia

By October 8, 2011

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Georgia and Alabama enacted laws that penalized illegal immigrants recently. Now the two states are learning about the power of unintended consequences.

Supporters of the laws naively believed the new sanctions would drive away only illegal immigrants. In fact, Hispanics with legal status or even U.S. citizenship also are moving elsewhere.

Why leave? Wrong question. Why on earth stay? Why stay in a hostile climate that immigrants believe oppresses the entire Hispanic community? Why stay when government launches an assault that splits Latino families and opens the door to racial profiling?

The lawmakers also failed to take into account the contribution immigrant labor was making toward rebuilding areas devastated by this year's storms. Contractors in Tuscaloosa, Ala., say Hispanic workers have left and they they can't find replacements to repair the tornado damage.

Republican lawmakers assured skeptics that American workers would be only too happy to step in and take the jobs that immigrants left. Farmers in Alabama and Georgia are still waiting.

Georgia tried giving farm work to prison inmates, until they lost their appetite for backbreaking 10-hour workdays at minimum wage. If inmates were willing to work that hard, they wouldn't be in prison to begin with.

According to Georgia farm officials, $140 million in crops has been lost because of the state's labor shortages since the law began in July. The lawmakers remind you that none of these consequences was intended, of course.


October 8, 2011 at 4:40 pm
(1) Annie Jo says:

More Anti-American hateful propaganda. The Legal immigrants and U.S. citizens that are leaving, are leaving to protect their ILLEGAL ALIEN family members. It is the fault, of ANYONE that is involved in the organized crime of ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION that they or their children, suffer the consequences of their criminal participation or support, of the crime of ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION.


ILLEGAL ALIENS have to take PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY for their crimes. That is what we demand of Americans. That is what we must demand of anyone, who wants to come to our country. If everyone would follow the law to begin with, they would not be suffering now.

October 9, 2011 at 11:45 am
(2) steve says:

When did we lose our common sense? Our Government, has allowed the invasion of 30 million criminals in direct violation of Article IV, Section IV of our Constitution. they force American tax payers to pay Billions to provide Welfare, Prison cells, Educate the invaders children, free medical care,massive document fraud, & are destroying our schools, hospitals, communities, culture while Robbing, Raping, Killing & Assaulting American Citizens WE ARE BEING INVADED! WAKE UP PEOPLE!
An education is a good thing.

Every Non-representative including obama and holder are not upholding the oath of office! they swore to defend the Constitution! If these clowns were to do their job, this would all be a Moot point!
Anchors and their criminal parents go, period, you knew you were breaking the law when you crossed the border.

Next shut down any business hiring illegal labor. Oh and owners go to jail.
Got a better idea? Lets hear it!

October 9, 2011 at 5:08 pm
(3) Brian says:

It’s an absolute shame that laws that state and local governments are enforcing are affecting so many innocent people. Laws that have been enacted by Alabama and Arizona for example are threatening the status of legal immigrants and American citizens. Because of these “show me your papers laws”, innocent people are being dragged into bad situations because they just “look” like an illegal immigrant. It’s just straight racism when someone can get pulled over by a cop and locked up just because of the color of their skin or the way they look. Laws like this are creating a dangerous precedent, and could lead to new and unseen problems.

October 26, 2011 at 11:07 am
(4) erik says:

since when are we not human beings ? since when did we stop caring about our planets survival..?
everyone in the planet has a role to play in order to continue living. why make it a big deal that we come from different places, is like being born in different rooms in the hospital.
in real life everyone is invading. this land was never white peoples to begin with. Columbus discovered it but he saw it was inhabited with native Americans. then he just took it from them.. it all happen with a act of violence. is violence driving our country? are we gonna always solve everything with violence? the human raise will end one day as we know it..
everyone will seize to exist if we continue to run the country like this. all immigrants want to work and support a family.. don’t you?
you want the best for your kids , and so do we.

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