From SB256, a bill currently pending in the state Senate:
…require the Department of Public Safety to begin issuing nondriver identification cards to residents or nonresidents of this state marked with a designation to indicate a person’s legal presence;
Or was there never a time when a person could go about doing lawful things without needing a govenrment document in possession at all times?
State Sen. Steve French pledges he will “fight to pass new immigration laws just like Arizona” in this TV spot. This is a 15 second version of an ad that has also been running this past week in a 30 second version.
French in the ad calls the issue “a no-brainer” though the Arizona law has become a lightning rod of controversy. Thousands turned out in Phoenix Saturday to protest Arizona’s law, and several thousand supporters held a smaller counter-rally outside Phoenix later the same day according to Reuters. The Wall Street Journal in an editorial called the law “a blunt instrument that produces lawsuits, more political polarization (if that’s possible) and the risk of hostility between the local police and the public” and noted that the Arizona police chiefs association opposed the law. The editorial added, “When people in immigrant communities see the local police as deportation agents, they become less likely to report crimes and help in investigations. Conditions worsen. ”
French faces Slade Blackwell in the Senate District 15 Republican primary.
In this ad, Don Spurlin, Republican candidate for Senate District 9, says he is tackling the immigration issue head-on: “We’ll pass a law to arrest illegal immigrants on criminal trespass charges if they set foot in Alabama, and we’ll make it a crime to provide them transportation anywhere in the state.”
Should this issue also be addressed on the employer side of the situation? If employers had sufficient incentive not to hire workers who are here illegally (and had the means to verify), would these immigrants stay or even continue to come if there were not jobs here for them?