Alabama Lawmakers Having Second-Thoughts About Arizona-esque Immigration Law

Just five months after signing into law the nations "toughest" anti-immigration law, Alabama lawmakers are having "second thoughts amid a backlash from big business, fueled by the embarrassing traffic stops of two foreign employees tied to the state's prized Honda and Mercedes plants."

The backpedaling involves the state's Republican attorney general calling for the repeal of the the strictest parts of the law, Republican lawmakers now saying they want to make some changes and the Alabama governor contacting foreign execs to say they're "pro-foreign" countries, the Associated Press reports.

By comparison, in Arizona, it took almost a year before business leaders told state lawmakers, including the disgraced Arizona Senate President Russel Pearce, who was booted from office during a November recall election, to put the breaks of anti-immigration laws.

"... we strongly believe it is unwise for the Legislature to pass any additional immigration legislation, including any measures leaving the determination of citizenship to the state," the Chamber wrote in March 2011. Governor Jan Brewer signed the measure into law in April 2010.

Autoworkers getting tangled in Alabama's immigration law is not a good look for the state considering the state is home to several major automakers, including Mercedes Benz, Hyundai, Honda and Toyota, that pour millions into the state's economy.

LULAC today called for auto manufacturers and related supply companies to reconsider doing business in a state that has passed and is enforcing anti-immigration laws like HB 56 (their much-harsher version of SB 1070.)

Alabama's latest round of negative national attention was prompted when Alabama police arrested a Mercedes Benz executive from Germany because he wasn't carrying the right identification under the state's new anti-immigrant law. And a Japanese worker assigned to the Honda manufacturing plant was also cited "even though he had a valid Japanese passport and international driver's license," the Wall Street Journal reported.

The cases against both men have been dropped, but Alabama is still reeling from the bad press.

From AP's report:

The Republican sponsors of the immigration legislation promoted it as a jobs bill that would run off undocumented immigrants and open up employment for legal residents. That was an easy political sale in a state suffering from nearly 10 percent unemployment. Even some Democrats voted for the law.

Since the law took effect, Alabama's unemployment rate has dropped a half percentage point. Economists and state officials who compile the statistics say it's too early to say whether to credit the immigration law.

But one of the sponsors, Republican Sen. Scott Beason of Gardendale, said neighboring states without a similar law haven't seen the same drop. "There is nothing else to attribute it to," he said.

If there has been any damage, he said it's the fault of inaccurate portrayals in the news media. He said the media ought to be reporting: "This law establishes a safer, more secure environment for people to come here and invest their money."

Safer? Secure?

Ask the Mercedes Benz executive from Germany who was arrested and dragged into court.  

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Why would these auto companies have any objection to the immigration laws? Are they hiring illegal immigrants and not to allow it somehow interfers with their profits? If anything they should be neutral.Since when are they politically involved and why? It smells of low wages.Perhaps one should look into these companies and see who they are hiring or are they too big?


Hey, Britannicus, what is it like to live in your patriotic intellectual isolation?

Dave Francis
Dave Francis

Illegal Immigration is vastly becoming a war of--THEM and US--whichis an invasion of people who came here to steal jobs, with the collusion ofnationwide businesses. Every part of this country is saturated with a patchworkof illegal foreign neighborhoods. Scores came here under false pretenses,smuggling unborn babies to take advantage of laws forced upon Americans by theblack robe activists in the courts. Judges have mishandled the 14th amendment,by allowing every expectant Mother who lies of their intention to enter ourcountry, whether as a tourist, student or here on a business venture. Thesefetus carrying females are fully aware that if they can get a foot on to oursoil, whatever the reason they have immediate access to free--FREE HEALTHTREATMENTS, WHICH TAXPAYERS HAVE TO PAY. THEN THE CHILD GROWS UP AND BILLIONS OFMORE DOLLARS ARE APPROPRIATED BY THE IRS, TO PAY FOR THE EDUCATION OF CHILDRENOF ILLEGAL PARENTS.



This is unerringly the same circumstances on the U.S.Border, that a woman with a child can get free medical care. But for Americans--forgetit, you will be hunted forever for unpaid bills, unless you are under thepoverty level. But the 20 million, perhaps even 25 million already existinghere, don't pay a penny. All the time I hear that these people who slip pastagents at the border, or managed to deceive trained inspectors at other portsof entry, including airline arrivals. They get immediate assistance from thewelfare departments as they are well versed in law and where to procure forgedID’s.

H.R.140, titled the Birthright Citizenship Act of 2011, was introduced on Jan5. 2011, by Rep. Steve King a Republican of Iowa.. As of last month, the billhad 80 co-sponsors. While its companion bill S.723 was read twice in the Senateand referred to the Committee. On April 2011, H.R.140 was referred to the HouseJudiciary Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement; January 24, 2011where it gather Congressional dust without further action. The bill does not needamendment of the Constitution but rather Section 301 of the Immigration andNationality Act is to explain those classes of individuals born in the UnitedStates who are considered nationals and citizens of the United States at birth. THIS ISSUE NEEDS THE URGENT PRO-ILLEGALIMMIGRANT, PATRIOTIC AMERICAN ATTENTION, AS THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST COSTLYEXPENSES BORN BY TAXPAYERS. The Birthright Citizenship Act amendsthe Immigration and Nationality Act to clarify a person born in the UnitedStates "subject to the jurisdiction" of the United States forcitizenship at birth if the person is born in the United States of parents, oneof whom is: (1) a U.S. citizen or national, (2) a lawful permanent residentalien whose residence is in the United States, or (3) an alien performingactive service in the U.S. Armed Forces.


Lamar Smith's (R-TX) ‘THE LEGAL WORKFORCE ACT' is also a zero-tolerance bill, that if past can outlaw illegal aliensfrom the workplace. Businesses that are violation of the law will be auditedand the owners harshly fined and even sent to prison. It is better recognizedby hundreds of thousands of candid companies that E-Verify will red flagillegal aliens, opening payroll jobs for lawful residents and thecitizenry.  E-Verify is a progressive disincentive that is beingcontinuously upgraded by the Homeland Security and ICE.  Just like H.R.140,titled the Birthright Citizenship Act, E-Verify ‘THE LEGALWORKFORCE ACT', H.R. 2885, is a innovation to stop this travesty ofour immigration laws?

Today with the failure of the numerous administrations to construct the real2006 Secure fence, consisting of two fences with a wide expanse in between forthe movement of rapid interdiction of Drug, weapons and the massive influx ofillegal migrants. What is already been built is still incomplete and droves ofillegal aliens cross, including terrorist who are impersonating Mexicanindividuals. Neither the 1986 Immigration nor its 1974 version of these lawsafter enactment were enforced. The 1986 Immigration reform and Control Act wasrife with fraud, and both laws have been neglected and abused. One huge lieplayed on the US taxpayer by politicians, who sold their souls to the hugeabhorrent special interest lobbyists and open border radical entities.

Currently it needs serious action by all patriotic Americans. This can be done by the voter contactingWashington 202-224-3121 and giving your name, address to the political aid andinsisting your representative in the Senate-House uphold the law and co-sponsorboth laws. More and more legislators are moving to co-sponsor both laws, tobegin enforcement by Attrition, or self deportation, as jobs beingcommandeered by illegal aliens are returned to therightful American workers.  The website of NumbersUSA can be Google’d,where you can send free faxes and read in detail about the corruption at thehighest levels of federal and state government.



Right now, a bunch of polling firms and news media have usedthis as a chance to do polls that manipulate questions in a way to seem to showthat most Americans want most illegal aliens to stay, showing that pro-amnestydoesn't hurt a candidate and causing rumblings through Congress that maybe itdoes make sense to reconsider amnesty over the next couple of years, after all.The pollsters are doing this with the Big Trick of never offering voters anoption of Attrition through Enforcement (forcing them to choose either massdeportations or mass legalization).

In short, Mr. Gingrich has revived the whole national debate on amnesty whichhad been essentially dead after you/we defeated the DREAM amnesty lastDecember. Any chance for amnesty votes was essentially dead until Gingrichrevived the idea. Whatever you may think of presidential candidate NewtGingrich or his recently announced legalization plan, the fact that he hasbroken the 4-year Republican taboo against amnesty has unleashed pro-amnestyefforts everywhere. Any mass amnesty will ignite CHAIN MIGRATION that will bemore billions of dollars, taken from your taxes. Gingrich amnesty calculated by‘The Heritage Foundation’ could cost us $2.3 Trillion dollars, that is notincluding CHAIN MIGRATION of following family members and further attractingeven million more to these shores or through borders—adding even more—POVERTY--to American low income bread lines we have now. This is Dire Poverty unseensince the Great Depression of 1929? This country is broke, from corruption,attributed to both political parties and we are facing a upward spike in the 15Trillion dollars we have already.


Attn: Keep an eye on Democrats as theyare intentionally pushing non-citizens to vote in all coming elections, thatincludes the 2011 presidential. They are also trying to change electoral laws,so you can register and immediately vote, using groups like the fraudulentcanvassing of the ACORN group, that’s reappeared under another name.Additionally the Left is introducing legislation, so you don't even need apicture ID; this to me is as close to fraud as you can get?


In conclusion, insist that Obama andhis cronies expedite the ‘Keystone’ pipeline, as it will bring cheap oil intoAmerica and less need of petroleum from unfriendly countries. Its installationfrom Canada to Texas will require the hiring of 20.000 US Workers. Unless thepresent administration gets its finger out, our Northern neighbor will quitepossibly sell this commodity to Communist China. Use the phone number above andtell the Democrats in Washington to do something for Americans.


You would think that given with the past racial history in Alabama,they would have not even considered following in the footsteps of AZ. Well come to think of it, AZ has it's own history as it pertains to bigotry & racism. Nobody ever mentions Operation Wetback where American citizens of mexican heritage were stripped of their citizenship,property,beaten,assaulted,separated from their families & deported.No mention anywhere in any of the history books & will never be as long as racist such as Huppenthal & Horne have anything to do with it. There you go Monica,that would be a very interesting article that would serve to educate some of AZ's citizens as to the racism & bigotry in AZ's closet. Do us a favor & open the closet door for us.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Many people from other countries are in the United States for extended periods of time, on work or student visas. If they come here and experience being stopped and arrested just because they look and speak differently than the commoner Anglo, then it becomes a problem. The auto companies who are hiring and/or training people from other countries have to make it more attractive for them to come to the United States if they are in fear of unlawful reprisal due to a state law.

The auto companies aren't hiring illegals. That I am aware of, anyway.


Just another cut & paste addict

George Washington
George Washington

Following the Nazi party line, I see. Most of the anti-immigrant propaganda in the United States can be traced back to Nazi-admirer John Tanton, who wants the United States to adopt the "genetics policies" of Adolph Hitler and the Third Reich, beginning with immigration rules. It is no surprise that Kurt Kobach, author of both Arizona SB 1070 and Alabama HR 56 used to work for one of the anti-immigrant hate organizations founded by John Tanton. Lamar Smith is no better. 

50,000,000 died because of Hitler the first time around, and now you want to adopt his policies in America, a nation founded on the absolute antithesis of Nazi philosophy. You will never succeed, even if you manage to start that stupid 'race war' the John Turner's Diary nuts get so excited about.

Bra Salesman
Bra Salesman

 Yes your very long dramatic written out idea above should fix the problem forever. you are a Fucking Genius! WHAT WOULD WE DUMB HUMANS DO WITH OUT YOU? you are a GOD!


give it up, there is no "invasion" going on.  stop creating something that is not there.

scare tactics much?

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