Alabama state lawmakers are speaking out saying that their home grown immigration law cannot be fixed and needs to be repealed. The Department of Homeland Security has changed longstanding practice and is now flying Mexican migrants back to Mexico. Former Bush Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez writes about the need to be fair to children of undocumented immigrants.
Alabama Lawmakers Calls for Immigration Law Repeal – Alabama state lawmakers are speaking out saying that their home grown immigration law cannot be fixed and needs to be repealed. “Alabama’s harsh immigration law can’t be fixed and needs to be scrapped, a member of the state legislature said Monday. Sen. Billy Beasley, a Democrat who has introduced a bill to overturn the law, commented in a conference call organized by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which has just released a report on the effects of HB 56. “It’s ridiculous to think you can solve problems this big with a few tweaks,” Beasley said. “This law has created a world of hurt for our state. And this report shows HB 56 is just a mean-spirited law – period.”
US to Deport Mexican Immigrants to Home States Instead of Border The Department of Homeland Security has changed longstanding practicesand is now flying Mexican migrants back to Mexico. “The U.S. government says it will begin flying detained Mexican migrants directly to their home states instead of dropping them off at the border, where many have been victimized by drug traffickers. U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told reporters in Mexico City on Monday that the U.S. will pay to deport migrants by plane to airports in Mexico and the Mexican government will arrange the last leg of the journey home.”
Alabama Lawmakers Calls for Immigration Law Repeal
Former Bush Attorney General Alberto Gonzalezwrites about the need to be fair to children of undocumented immigrants. “When these undocumented children graduate from high school, they are confronted with a harsh reality; there is no future for them here in America or in the country where they were born. Although they did not choose to enter America unlawfully, they are branded as lawbreakers who should be deported. Though America is the only home they have ever known, they are told they must return to a land that is foreign to them. How should our country deal with these young adults when they graduate from high school? One proposal would allow those who meet certain requirements and either attend college or serve in the military to remain lawfully in our country. Opponents argue that to provide any pathway to legal status will reward the unlawful conduct of the parents and are unfair to families who abide by the rules and wait patiently to enter lawfully the United States. Our sense of fairness should tell us that it is not right to punish children for the sins of their parents; a value that is the basis of a provision in our Constitution, which limits punishment of the children of parents who commit treason against the United States. “