In Alabama, Immigration Law Hits Pocketbooks

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Editors of La Opinión write that it is time for Alabama to understand that restrictive immigration state laws have serious side effects that hit everyone’s pocketbooks.

First, it happened in the state of Georgia. Now, it is time for Alabama to understand that restrictive immigration state laws have serious side effects that hit everyone’s pocketbooks.

The Alabama Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act, believed to be the country’s toughest law of its kind, was supposed to, among other things, reduce the high unemployment rate. This has not been the case. Although the law led legal and illegal immigrants to leave the state, more than two months after its enactment, their jobs remain unfilled.

Alabama Agriculture Commissioner John McMillan is concerned about this, since the lack of workers is endangering the harvest of peanuts, tomatoes and squash. There have been reports of small farms giving up on planting because of uncertainty regarding the labor force.

The same is happening in the construction industry, which can’t find enough workers to rebuild towns damaged by the April tornadoes.

Once again, this situation debunks the arguments used in state legislatures as well as the House of Representatives, which claim that the unemployment issue can be solved by expelling undocumented immigrants in order for citizens to take over their jobs.

Alabama has an unemployment rate of almost 10%, while undocumented immigrants account for slightly less than 8% of the state’s workforce of 1.9 million. Immigrants are leaving and local unemployed people are not filling those jobs, impacting the state’s economy. The reality is as simple as that.

What is happening in Alabama, like in Georgia, shows that these states’ economies need the immigrant workforce. It also highlights the error of creating laws based on false and stereotyped perceptions, which have more to do with anti-immigrant sentiment than with common sense.

A comprehensive reform is the only path to resolving numerous issues related to immigration. The workforce and the economy are certainly some of them. If there is some doubt, Alabama’s situation proves the point.

 

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Anonymous

Posted Aug 26 2011

stop welfare and unemployment for able bodied people. When they get hungry enough, they will take whatever work they can find, where ever they can find it. Until then, if the money keeps coming in and they keep doing nothing to earn it, why would they hit a a lick at a snake? It costs less and makes more to sit home and watch Oprah.

Anonymous

Posted Aug 26 2011

If the American people truly wanted to work there would not be job openings for illegal immigrants to take. The state makes it to easy for people to get unemployment welfare and food stamps so why would they want to work. No need the illegals will work we can sit at home take advantage of the working people. Spend some of the time and resources on making dead beats get a job. It would cost less than trying to get illegals out of your state. But of course the only people this cost is those of us who work everyday.

Anonymous

Posted Aug 26 2011

Sending 1% of the population away doesn't create new jobs but it does reduce local business by 1% thus making them fire/layoff 1% or more employees to compensate for losses, it evens out. Also, kicking out 1/200th of the kids from school doesn't let you shut down the entire school, so no money saved there either, the other 199 legal kids still have to use it everyday. They also can't steal any benefits, nor vote, and tons of traffic tickets, $500 a pop, no real IDs remember, this means no benefits and lots of suffering, a real no brainer.

What it truly does is make everyone pay more for food, particularly chicken, fruits, &vegetables, Alabama's biggest money makers, in fact food is already rotting in the fields from the immigrants that have left early out of frustration, yet unemployement remains steady. Hmmm?

What it also does is put a burdern on all business and levels of government to check IDs everywhere all the time, costing us $10's of millions of dollars year after year in taxes on our already short budget... Ouch!

If rental properties kick them out they will get sued for breaking contract, if they stay, they get fined? Lose, lose again!

Lastly, the law promotes crime, particularly theft, because all immigrants will be afraid to report any incidents for fear of arrest. It is also a crime against humanity and religion because you cannot help an illegal, not even to the hospital if they are bleeding to death in the street. Shame! Shame!

This is clearly a play to get votes, 98% of Alabama is non-immigrant, therefore he is hoping for 98% of the votes from the hateful population. A stupid racial strategy from back in the slave days. Lookup "Southern strategy" on wikipedia. History repeats itself... Distriminate against the minority, steal some of the majority vote. The wealthy educated valuable states don't fall for such political nonsense, only poorly educated southerners, thus the whole reason for the civil war. "Stupid is as stupid does..."

Anonymous

Posted Aug 26 2011

Its not a matter of legal or illegal ;its about who gets what.
Legal you get welfare so you don't need to work; illegal you work and earn your own bread there is no freebe for you. Stop claiming this unrealistic drama of so
called immigrants taking away jobs they don't we offer them this jobs so we don't have to work &also get the jobs done at low wages.people think what are we doing to ourselves and to our children in future on humanitarian grounds.This is a land of immigrants with hipocrates like us living in it

Anonymous

Posted Aug 26 2011

Its not a matter of legal or illegal ;its about who gets what.
Legal you get welfare so you don't need to work; illegal you work and earn your own bread there is no freebe for you. Stop claiming this unrealistic drama of so
called immigrants taking away jobs they don't we offer them this jobs so we don't have to work &also get the jobs done at low wages.people think what are we doing to ourselves and to our children in future on humanitarian grounds.This is a land of immigrants with hipocrates like us living in it

Anonymous

Posted Aug 27 2011

no one is going to do the work of the wonderful hardworking undocumented human beings that feed the belly of the beast. our great country can, shouls and will absorb as many people as can keep this country growing. i have helped build our nation and i have a say so in who we let in. the republicans are grasping at straws, they know they face a losing war in kicking latinos out. big mistake. what no peanuts?

Anonymous

Posted Aug 27 2011

This Author is blindly misled by the Mexican Loyalists, masquerading as U.S. citizens. Only the Mexicans are spouting this crap, rather they pretend to speak for America, members of the Catholic church or those far-left liberal types that never appreciates America sovereignty.

The lost of workers in farm jobs can easily be absorb by buying our fruits and vegetables outside of the U.S. Or, farm owner can offer a lucrative incentive that includes decent wage, insurance etc. Of course they'd bark at that suggestion, therefore they deserve to go out of business.

It's nonsense how they try to scare the country with huge cost of fruits and vegetable as if a single tomatoes would soon cost $10.00 dollars. Be real, people. Farmers are only looking out for their profits and well-being at the expense of our livelihood in regard to illegal immigration.

Most Americans arent concern with a few more pennies on the dollars, the cost for fruits and vegetable as a result of kicking illegal aliens out of our country. We're more concern with the jobs they take that Americans WOULD DO: Walmart jobs, fast-food chains, grocery stores, gas stations, movie theaters, attractions and the likes.

It's disingenuous how these illegal alien enablers hide behind "farm jobs" and ignores all the other jobs Americans would do, as a way to justified our false need for illegal aliens.

Sick of it!!!

Anonymous

Posted Aug 27 2011

This Author is blindly misled by the Mexican Loyalists masquerading as U.S. citizens. Only the Mexicans are spouting this crap rather they pretend to speak for America, members of the Catholic church or those far-left liberal types that never appreciates America sovereignty.

The lost of workers in farm jobs can easily be absorb by buying our fruits and vegetables outside of the U.S. Or, farm owners can offer a incentive that includes decent wage, insurance etc. Of course they'd bark at that suggestion therefore they deserve to go out of business.

It's nonsense how they try to scare the country with huge cost of fruits and vegetable as if a single tomatoes would soon cost $10.00 dollars. Be real, people. Farmers are only looking out for their profits and well-being at the expense of our livelihood in regard to illegal immigration.

Most Americans arent concern with a few more pennies on the dollars, the cost for fruits and vegetable as a result of kicking illegal aliens out of our country. We're more concern with the jobs they take that Americans WOULD DO: Walmart jobs, fast-food chains, grocery stores and gas stations, movie theaters and attractions etc.

It's disingenuous how these illegal alien enablers hide behind "farm jobs" and ignores all the other jobs Americans would do, as a way to justified our false need for illegal aliens.

Sick of it!!!

Anonymous

Posted Aug 27 2011

This Author is blindly misled by the Mexican Loyalists masquerading as U.S. citizens. Only the Mexicans are spouting this crap rather they pretend to speak for America, members of the Catholic church or those far-left liberal types that never appreciates America sovereignty.

The lost of workers in farm jobs can easily be absorb by buying our fruits and vegetables outside of the U.S. Or, farm owners can offer a incentive that includes decent wage, insurance etc. Of course they'd bark at that suggestion therefore they deserve to go out of business.

It's nonsense how they try to scare the country with huge cost of fruits and vegetable as if a single tomatoes would soon cost $10.00 dollars. Be real, people. Farmers are only looking out for their profits and well-being at the expense of our livelihood in regard to illegal immigration.

Most Americans arent concern with a few more pennies on the dollars, the cost for fruits and vegetable as a result of kicking illegal aliens out of our country. We're more concern with the jobs they take that Americans WOULD DO: Walmart jobs, fast-food chains, grocery stores and gas stations, movie theaters and attractions etc.

It's disingenuous how these illegal alien enablers hide behind "farm jobs" and ignores all the other jobs Americans would do, as a way to justified our false need for illegal aliens.

Sick of it!!!

Anonymous

Posted Aug 27 2011

Are you completely stupid? while i feel that everything you said was full of shit, i must say that lot of americans and other citizens have been racist against their own and only seek to hire these mexicans that you say are gone. But i live here and still see them everyday. i have watched alabama business owners tell an american they were not hiring and then turn around 5 mins later and offer a job to a mexican just cause they mexican. And even if you push them all out in two days. normal americans are not going to go begging that same person they asked for job two months ago. once they see the mexicAn is gone maybe then but that takes weeks even months. all businesses dont put up help wanted signs asap. Its like trying to work at walmart. When u put in an application it takes months to get a call back. And where are all these jobs you talking about? cause maybe the problem is while they are being reported to you, they are not being reported to all us alabamians! And let me imform some of these other people out here as well. most mexican women get welfare! yes they sit at home popping out babies and they claime they not married, cause they wasnt here and get lots of money from welfare. while their life partners go out and get paid under the table tax free or better yet steal the identity of someone to make good good money. and if you have not forgot there is legal ways for them to get here. Being illegal is just easier. and while u talking about all the tickets they pay. What about the things most of them dont pay like their medical bills and the bill for totaling other peoples cars while they are drunk and driving on interstates and down subdivisions! lets not pretend that them being here is all good. we have a quantity of them but not much quality. do u even know that some of those men you see with their wives are by our definition child molesters! 20yrs men with 14 or 15yr old girls calling them their wife. and im guessing that stupid person who went on a rant and compared this law to slavery is stupid. american is being pissed on by these immigrants in the face. how is they have more rights then me in the country i was born in. and by the way stupid they came here african americans were forced here. not the same. and i doubt that they will not call the police or 911 to get help because the oath taken by the doctor and medical staff will ensure them regardless of their legal status and any business the police or immigration has with will come after that. And besides you speak of them as if they are children. Most of them are adults and know exactly what they got themselves into coming here. If they were americans! braking our laws we would not sugar coat it or say oh because their are so many of you it would be racist to finally do our jobs and send u back where u came from! cause you were not suppose to be here as you are now. let me saw this. 1st of all i do not agree with the new immigration law alabama is about to pass. i believe we should get them all papers and put them in the system correctly cause then they can get all the stuff they need and be prosecuted for all their crimes like regular citizens and pay all their taxes. and get married... and all that jazz you name it.. but not vote. if they were any good at that maybe they would not all have to come here..lol..no really, if the come here illegaly and gain citizenship, no voting. while i know something must be done! our new law is unconstitutional, un american and just plain wrong. To tell me i can pick up a stray dog off the side of the road but not an immigrant takes away their basic human rights and mine as well. And not only can't i pick them up but to do so means i could face charges. and then u want to deport the parents and then put their kids in social services. that makes us unhuman. if this law passes i am not sure how much longer i can be proud to live in our great state. i have loved alabama and all our beautiful trees but with this new law i am starting to see how it was that some of my ancesters have hung from those tree, even though to me this is not same the malice in this law if forged from hate and has a sharp point that searches for blood and it just reminds me ROOTS, alabama has let loose the dogs and there is no hope...............the real question is who shall be next................. alabama find a better solution. Im praying for us. if its about money charge them a fee to stay and be registared. that way the state get the money and not the federal government. Worlk smart not hard! They do all those bad things i mentioned above but so does regular citizens. just remember no one change where they were born or to who or even how. This should not be a form of hate. God help us to accept the things we can not change.

Anonymous

Posted Aug 28 2011

"Once again, this situation debunks the arguments used in state legislatures as well as the House of Representatives, which claim that the unemployment issue can be solved by expelling undocumented immigrants in order for citizens to take over their jobs."

That is nonsense. The insatiable greed of employers will not let them immediately give in and start paying fair wages and benefits. That will take a while. They have made such huge profits off of the illegal aliens and taxpayers that can afford to let several crops rot in the fields in hopes of putting enough pressure on legislators to be allowed to return to their old ways. In a free market such as ours, someone will always take advantage of the opportunity to prosper by supplying an unfulfilled demand.

Anonymous

Posted Aug 28 2011

LAZY PEOPLE ALL THEY DO IS COMPLAIN AND MORE COMPLAINTS.

Anonymous

Posted Sep 4 2011

well if the gov, would stop paying dead beat americans to sit on thier ass with pay then they would get out and fill those jobs,,,, i persnaly know of 2 people that have been on unemployment checks for over a year ,,,, the biggest reason is because they dont have to look for jobs now.... gov. needs to do their job all around ... make illeagles get out and stop giving money to trash dead beat americans for nothing ... would solve alot of problems,,,,

Anonymous

Posted Sep 4 2011

well if the gov, would stop paying dead beat americans to sit on thier ass with pay then they would get out and fill those jobs,,,, i persnaly know of 2 people that have been on unemployment checks for over a year ,,,, the biggest reason is because they dont have to look for jobs now.... gov. needs to do their job all around ... make illeagles get out and stop giving money to trash dead beat americans for nothing ... would solve alot of problems,,,,

Anonymous

Posted Sep 7 2011

Lazy americans!! Go and pick your crops. You've been taking advantage of illegal immigrants for decades. Know get off your behinds and get to work!!. Wash my car, bus my table, wash my dishes and clothes. The illegal immigrants have left you a vacuum, go fill it. Don't forget to put vegetables in my table.

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