Immigration Law Protestors Rally At Statehouse


By Lisa Blackwell

Opponents of Alabama’s immigration law rallied outside the Statehouse Tuesday.

They asked lawmakers to have a heart on Valentine’s Day and consider repealing the law.

Chanting in English and Spanish, activists raised their voices against Alabama’s immigration law. Legislators have already admitted the law has flaws but they say they can fix them. Protestors say it’s too flawed and needs to be repealed.

Gwendolyn Ferreti, a protestor from Tuscaloosa, says, “It’s written very vaguely and ultimately I don’t think this law is written in the spirit of Alabama and so I don’t support a reform of the law I support a repeal of the law.”

Activists say immigration is caused by international problems that require the attention of lawmakers at the federal level. Some agree immigration reform is needed, but say it should be handled by the U.S. government, not the states.

Zayne Smith, Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice, says “It was to affect undocumented immigrants or so they say but we’ve seen US citizens that are affected by this we’ve seen children that have been bullied in schools, it’s impacting our economy the state of Alabama’s taken a huge hit not only nationally but internationally so it’s time that we repair our image and take up issues that impact all Alabamian’s.”

While immigrants chose to rally on Valentine’s Day to play on the emotions of legislators, the move was not tugging at the heartstrings of some Republican lawmakers.

Senator Scott Beason, (R) District 17, says “Alabama’s anti-illegal immigration law is going to stay in place.”

Beason says there’s no chance of the bill being repealed.

“I’m really surprised that so many people are beating the drum for that but the honest truth is a very small minority, the vast majority of Alabamians are supportive of the law, it’s already done things we’ve said it would do like open up jobs to thousands of people across the state it’s saved untold amounts of money already in state budgets and were going to see the positive effects,” said Beason.

Activists say regardless of what lawmakers do, they will not give up the fight.

“I understand that some legislators may want to do patchwork fixes to whatever they feel needs to be fixed right now but ultimately this is going to be a long term battle and we’re going to be here for the long run,” said Ferreti.

Beason says lawmakers will introduce a bill in the coming weeks that will make subtle changes to the law.

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Anonymous said on Thursday, Feb 16 at 11:15 AM

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Anonymous said on Thursday, Feb 16 at 11:14 AM

Frosty Wooldridge said in his latest article: Every indicator that our country is failing shows up daily with 15 million unemployed, 7 million underemployed, 46 million Americans subsisting on food stamps, $700 billion annual trade deficit, $15 trillion national debt, endless wars that cost $15 billion monthly and thousands of kids dropping out of high school daily. I have said it before: illiteracy defines a third world country. With 42 million functionally illiterate Americans, we are well on our way. Nonetheless, Congress pumps over 125,000 immigrants into this country every 30 days. I am beyond exasperated as to why and how we can do this to our country.

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Anonymous said on Thursday, Feb 16 at 11:14 AM

Join the TEA PARTY, as the refugees from every other delusional political voter and vote a Tea Party senate and house into office, displacing all those politicians and elected officers who protect illegal migrants and immigrants and betrayed the lawful U.S. Populace. These old party agenda is profit, votes and exploitation, and are in collusion with churches, unions, foreign governments and radical organizations and special interest groups. Illegal immigration has been forced on taxpayers through ‘UNFUNDED MANDATES’. These acts include free health care, free schooling, and has attributed to the loss of safety-net for Americans; coerced on citizens and lawful residents by liberal influenced courts.

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Dave Francis said on Thursday, Feb 16 at 11:14 AM

Sen. Lamar Smith’s E-Verify, “The Legal Workforce Act” is just tipping the scales and only needs a little more momentum from American voters to get this bill into Congress. The potential law has 74 co-sponsors and needs a final push of only 26 more lawmakers with a backbone; four of the co-sponsors are Democrats.

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Anonymous said on Thursday, Feb 16 at 11:13 AM

Rep. Smith defended E-Verify by saying the web-based program "quickly identifies illegal workers and protects jobs for citizens by checking Social Security numbers and ID of newly hired employees" and describes E-Verify as "free, quick and easy to use." Rep. Smith cites a Rasmussen poll which found that 82% of likely voters think all businesses should be required to use E-Verify. Sharry, this open border individual and is now so frustrated and angry that millions of businesses have chosen to use E-Verify--both voluntary and state mandatory, that this far left progressive is reduced to name calling.

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Anonymous said on Thursday, Feb 16 at 11:13 AM

Frank Sharry, Founder and Director of pro-amnesty group America's Voice and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Tex.) went was caught up in a verbal confrontation in The Huffington Post. Sharry calls Chairman Smith's mandatory E-verify bill "anti-immigrant legislation" and "unworkable and expensive bureaucracy." Sharry claims the bill would "grant the federal government the authority to approve or disapprove every new hire in America." That is how it should be, and rejection from being hired. A relatively simple solution that guarantees foreigners begin Mitt Romney’s ‘self-deportation’ antidote, better known as Attrition through Enforcement. Of Course Sharry doesn't individualize between a legal immigrant and illegal immigrant as it should be acknowledged or the Liberal media.

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Anonymous said on Thursday, Feb 16 at 11:12 AM

The American people, namely ' the increasing fathomless numbers of THE TEA PARTY" must unseat all radical Politicians, Governors, mayors, judges police chiefs and every elected official, city manager and councilman who are anti-sovereignty and pamper illegal aliens with taxpayer dollars. Their oaths of allegiance are meaningless to them as they have shown by their pro-illegal immigration agenda's. Antonio Villaraigosa, Los Angeles county mayor, the way he demonizes pro-sovereignty, anti-illegal alien activists should be one of the first to be recalled, as he answers to a government south of our border? Both political parties have been complicit in the flood of illegal migrants and immigrants that is estimated to be well over 20 million, not the numbers calculated by the US census bureau? Our only chance of stopping this scattering pestilence is to support the business mandatory E-Verify program and the Birthright citizenship Act that must be introduced in Congress right now.

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Anonymous said on Thursday, Feb 16 at 11:12 AM

When the States of Arizona, Alabama, Georgia, Utah, Indiana and South Carolina is being financially crippled by the illegal alien invaders, it is undeniable that something smells of government corruption. These states have spoken out on behalf of their taxpayers, especially the border state of Arizona. Using fake ID, of exceptionally good quality unlawful nationals are able to qualify for food stamps, WICC and other public assistance programs. It is way past time that many incompetent administrations stopped this fraud? The only possible way is to issue every eligible US citizen and others able to qualify a National ID card, which can be substantiated? Our Social Security numbers and other documentation has been compromised, as seen in the overwhelming amount of victims that is unceasing spreading across our nation.

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Anonymous said on Thursday, Feb 16 at 11:11 AM

Important: Voter fraud does exist and our only chance of fair and impartial elections, from now until the November Presidential is every citizen show official Identification. Non citizens have been registered to vote and will again in all electoral cycles, which could cause major issues in a close vote. Fake ID has been around for years, but is more prevalent now than ever before?

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Joel Wischkaemper said on Thursday, Feb 16 at 8:00 AM

Zayne Smith, Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice, says “It was to affect undocumented immigrants or so they say but we’ve seen US citizens that are affected by this ---------------------------- The law affects illegal aliens. You may call them Frogs, petunias, or undocumented immigrants.. they are illegal aliens and they cost the American Taxpayer a lot of money. And while we are trying to deal with these people, we discover Hispanics who are, for example, claiming birthright citizenship, pretending to not understand English.. pretending to be illegal aliens, and they do those things which get them arrested. They they point to that and suggest it is the authorities fault. But at this point, the newspapers sympathetic to their causes have not.. have NOT posted any stories such as that. We need polygraphs on this issue. we’ve seen children that have been bullied in schools ----------------------------- No one has seen this either. We just '.hear.' stories. Proof please!

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