Based on early reports, Alabama’s immigration law is producing results. The reports seem to indicate that unemployment is dropping, even in counties with double digit unemployment. Since it is unlikely that Alabama is having a one-state renaissance while the surrounding states are still mired in high unemployment, it would seem logical that the increases in employment are the result of legal residents accepting employment in positions formerly held by illegal aliens.
The Daily Caller reports today that:
Unemployment rates have fallen in Alabama amid new legal pressure on companies to comply with a popular immigration reform law.
September was the first full month that the reform was in force, and the unemployment rate fell from 9.8 percent in September to 9.3 percent in October, according to a Nov. 18 report from the state government.
The rates fell from 9.9 percent to 9 percent in Etowah County, from 8.8 percent to 8.1 percent in Marshall county, and from 11.6 percent to 10.6 percent in DeKalb county.
“The latest fall in unemployment numbers is proof that American citizens will work, and continues to solidify [the evidence] that self-deportation [by illegal immigrants] due to the Alabama Taxpayer & Citizen’s Protection Act is occurring,” said Chuck Ellis, a city council member in Albertville — the main town in Marshall County, northern Alabama.
I recently wrote about the total dishonesty of the “progressive” position on illegal immigration and the clearly biased reportage of Alabama’s law in Reductio ad Absurdum, so it should be no surprise that it continued today.
Matthew Balan at Newsbusters chronicles NPRs take:
NPR played up a pro-illegal immigration rally at an Alabama church with “strong ties to the civil rights movement” on Tuesday’s Morning Edition. Correspondent Tanya Ott of affiliate WBHM trumpeted how “they could hardly pick a more historic place to hold the rally,” and highlighted an advocate for illegal immigrants who likened opponents to the devil.
Fill-in host Linda Wertheimer touted how “pressure is mounting against Alabama’s immigration law, known as the toughest in the nation” in her introduction to the journalist’s report, and used her “strong ties” phrase as she stated how 3,000 showed up for the rally at the church. Ott specified that the “historic place” which hosted the event is the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, “where, almost a half century ago, a bomb exploded, killing four young black girls.”
The WBHM correspondent noted that the rally was the “kick-off for a national campaign to repeal HB 56” and hyped how the law “criminalizes almost every daily action of undocumented immigrants. They can’t work; they can’t rent an apartment; they can’t be in Alabama.” She described the mood at the rally as “victorious, but under the bravado, there’s fear,” and underlined this apparent fear by playing a sound bite from a ten-year-old girl who worried that her parents might be deported.
Ott then turned to Deacon Silverio Rubio, who “urges his congregants to stay in Alabama.” The NPR correspondent included a clip from Rubio who directed some incendiary language at the supporters of HB 56: “I tell them don’t leave; don’t be cowards; you’re not criminals. Just face the devil here. We have to ban together and repeal the law.”
There is no such thing as a borderless country. Ronald Reagan said “A nation without borders is not a nation.” Reagan was correct – if we are forbidden from controlling ingress to our country, the country will eventually lose its identity. Its character will be diluted by influences from other countries and cultures without ever giving a chance for assimilation.
I have to wonder if the reason that the anti-immigration enforcement forces are really interested in the hardships of people coming here illegally or more interested in assuaging some sort of guilt for having been born here…sometimes it sure seems that way. It seems that they believe that the US is responsible for all the poverty in the world an as a penance, we must accept everybody from anywhere and at any time to atone for what they perceive to be America’s imperialistic sins.
Why is it so hard for “progressives” to get it? Why is it so hard to understand that we have immigration laws for a reason? These laws are not designed to be racist, bigoted or evil – they are simply designed to protect our sovereignty as a nation. They are not designed to be equal and open to all, the idea was to be able to make decisions about allowing entry to candidates who would make good citizens and would be a benefit to the country.
These laws are not complicated, actually they are fairly binary. You either came here legally or you didn’t. That’s it. It is a yes or no answer. Deciding whether these laws have been violated does not require knowledge of prior family, economic or political circumstances – because none of that information changes the status of the individual. It only requires knowledge of whether the individual came across the border with fraudulent or missing papers or stayed beyond what was allowed by a visa.
Respecting the law does not make one anti-immigrant, it makes one a supporter of the rule of law.