Judge Upholds Strict Alabama Immigration Law

Thursday, September 29, 2011

A federal judge in Alabama upheld sections of a one of the strictest immigration laws in the country on Wednesday. The law requires public schools to determine the immigration status of all students. It also gives police the power to detain anyone who is unable to produce proper documentation proving citizenship. The law, which was challenged by the Justice Department, is likely to be one of many state immigration provisions to be ultimately be decided by the Supreme Court.

Alabama State Senator Bill Holtzclaw supports the new immigration law. Victor Palafox is a 19-year-old undocumented student who was born in Mexico and maked to the U.S. when he was six. He says he worries about the new law and has been among the crowds protesting it at the courthouse.

Guests:

Sen. Bill Holtzclaw and Victor Palafox

Produced by:

Susie Warhurst

Comments [7]

Kevin Jelks

Why would those illegal immigrents of color; ever believe that the state of Alabama will fairly enforce this law amongst all, including those illegals that are not "colored". Given it's long history of segregation and seperation against those that are!

Sep. 29 2011 11:26 PM
GJ from Florida

Here are the requirements for age verification in Broward County. Remove the waivers #3 and #6 and this whole thing is sorted. #2 could be quite an argument these days though...

EVIDENCE OF PROPER AGE
____1___Official birth certificate.

If such certificate is not available, the following forms of evidence are acceptable:
___2____A duly attested transcript of a certificate of a religious document showing date of birth accompanied by an affidavit sworn to by the parent.
___3____Insurance policy on the child’s life which has been in force at least two years.
___4____A passport or certificate of arrival in the U.S. showing the age of the child.
___5____Official school records that provide evidence that the child has attended school for four years.
___6____An affidavit sworn to by the parent, accompanied by a certificate from the county health officer, that he/she believes the child to be of required school age.

Sep. 29 2011 11:50 AM
Maria from Miami, FL

It boggles my mind that politicians, legislators and constituents alike can’t recall that we are, for the most part, all immigrants of this nation. Instead of WASTING all this money, time in effort in “collecting data” and marginalizing an already abused population, why not deport those who are truly doing this country harm? Why not remove the fear and help those that are simply trying to work and live honestly get proper documentation and deport those who are criminals, true criminals. Have our leaders not realized the sort of increase in revenue we would have by legalizing the deserving? Food for thought I suppose…

Sep. 29 2011 11:27 AM
listener

Will the undocumented guest comment on the truly "jingoistic and xenophobic" immigration laws of his home nation of Mexico where being undocumented is a serious felony for the migrant and anyone who harbors them before he smears and defames his adopted nation?

Sep. 29 2011 10:44 AM
Jane from Pittsburgh

My husband is from the UK. We were married abroad and moved here to start our family. We went through the process for my husband to be here legally - forms, fees, backround check, provided proof we had a real marriage (letters, e-mails, photographs). We jumped through all the required hoops to be here under the law. It irks me that people here illegally believe they are entitled to the same rights and services that citizens and immigrants who complied with all governmental requirements are. They have broken the law and should be deported - If you want to come here and live and go to school you should have to follow the same rules as everyone else - The law applies to all - even if you came here as a child - might not seem fair but then life isn't always fair.

Sep. 29 2011 09:56 AM
gj from Florida

Dont schools already require a birth certificate to determine a child's age for enrollment?

Sep. 29 2011 09:37 AM
Peg from Southern Tier NY

These immigration laws only seem to be concerned with "Hispanic-looking" illegals. There are illegals here from all over the world. Why are illegal white Europeans not worried - some of whom have been here for over 20 years, have drivers licenses and get easy to find "under the table work...? Because they don't fit the Hispanic appearance profile.

Not fair.

Sep. 29 2011 09:21 AM

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