Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) signed into law a new “papers, please” immigration bill that is a new low point for state-based immigration policy, an unfortunate reminder of Alabama and the South’s tortured racial history, and another wake-up call to Washington to fix the broken immigration system.
As if Arizona, with its SB 1070 law that cost $750 million and turned the state into a pariah wasn’t enough. As if Georgia, with a new immigration law that criminalized all individuals who harbored or transported undocumented immigrants wasn’t enough. As if Indiana’s not one, but two new anti-immigration laws weren’t enough.
Teens in Alabama — does the dance floor at prom seem a little emptier than usual this year? No, it’s not just that awful DJ the principal booked. New immigration legislation would prohibit a whole category of classmates from attending.