With the state of Arizona already determined to takes its challenges to what a federal judge has blocked in their state Immigration Law signed by Jan Brewer in April of 2010, the Alabama legislature has now passed the strongest state immigration measure to date. It was a great victory for Republican House Majority Leader Micky Hammon who sponsored the bill. This is the first time in 140 years that Alabama has had a Republican majority in the legislature.
U.S. District Judge Sharon Lovelace Blackburn ruled that the state could require police to detain people suspected of being in the U.S. illegally. The police may then detain people if they cannot produce proper documentation when they are stopped by police for any reason. She has temporarily prevented the state from making it a crime to knowingly transport or harbor illegal immigrants.
According to David Stout, a spokesperson for the Alabama Education Association, the new law has made teachers into immigration officials. The law requires public schools to determine the legal residence of all children attending public schools. Either a birth certificate or a sworn affidavit is required for proof of residency.
Too many civil rights groups in this country to talk about have objected to profiling adults even if they are involved in suspicious activities. No one thinks about how children feel about the word home and the fact that some of the people in their own classrooms are less at home than others. A lot of the children coming to this country cannot imagine people who do not speak more than one language. You just have to tell them that you did go to school, and you qualify as educated but you do not speak as many languages as they do – not nearly. They will tell you that it is not fair that some of them can go to college while others of their own community are forbidden to do so.
In Alabama the judge ruled that the state cannot prohibit immigrants from attending public college. In other words if you can pay, you can stay. However, the new Alabama law makes it a crime for illegal immigrants to engage in business transactions within their state so you have to bring in your money from out of state or illegal business.
Federal judges have blocked key parts of immigration laws passed in Georgia, Arizona, Utah, and Indiana. In Indiana, for example, U.S. District Judge Sarah Evans Barker blocked arresting people who have already been ordered deportation. In May a Utah federal judge blocked allowing police to check the citizenship of anyone they arrest. Immigration will no doubt become a huge subject for discussion by the United State Supreme Court.