Alabama’s Illegal Immigration Law Is Modern Day Racism
This year the Justice Department filed a lawsuit against Arizona, because their illegal immigration law, Senate bill 1070 (SB 1070), was racist and unconstitutional. However, since then, many states have drafted similar bills with Georgia signing one and now Alabama’s Republican Gov. Robert Bentley following suit.
CNN has reported that Alabama’s bill is the nation’s “toughest” on illegal-immigration. I, on the other hand, feel it’s one of the lowest points in Alabama’s history since Birmingham. This may not be the same issue that Martin Luther King, Jr. faced 48 years ago, but it does bring flashbacks of injustice.
Let me remind you that it was King who said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” This is exactly what Alabama has done. They signed a bill that promotes racial profiling and discrimination against U.S. citizens.
Alabama governor arrogantly signed a bill that threatens the freedom of every citizen. A recent LATimes article took a closer look into the law, and reported that the law prohibits so-called “illegal-immigrants” from attending college, applying for a job and renting a place to stay. It essentially, says okay if your here illegally then your not going to be welcomed, and also were not going to take your money, your ideas are worthless and don’t even bother working here .
This is disatorus, because it will divide familes and friends. But how could we, a land of liberty and justice for all, allow such a shameful law to pass. When in the history of American legislation have we every allowed a law to treat people like this? Unfortunately, it has happen many times, and one example would be during 1954 when President Dwight Eisenhower signed into law “Operation Wetback.”
The operation saw over 80,000 Mexicans seized and deported to Mexico with many of them being natural born citizens. Later on, the Federal government agreed that this was unconstitonal and made money payments to those who were illegally seized and sent to Mexico. The point of this was that it happened during an economic crisis, similar to todays recession. Have we learned anything? It’s apparant that Alabama has learned nothing from history.
Some may say racism is slowly dying, but reality is that this bill is only reviving racism. Undoubtedly, this not only goes against the principles of the nation, but it tells all immigrants and hopeful immigrants that America doesn’t want you here.