Alabama Not Waiting Around to Implement Tough Immigration Standards

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While Alabama is still waiting on a judge’s decision to fully implement its new, common sense immigration enforcement law (modeled after the Arizona SB 1070 law), its governor isn’t just sitting around waiting for approval from the courts to enforce immigration laws.

On Monday, Governor Robert Bentley introduced a new state-developed electronic system that enables law enforcement to verify U.S. citizenship quickly and easily. Law enforcement only needs to enter a driver’s license information into the new system, aptly named AL-Verify, and within a few moments AL-Verify tells the police officer whether the document is valid or not. The system is live and helps law enforcement officials enforce the laws passed by the legislature and signed by the Governor.

The beauty is that whatever the judge decides when it comes to the new Alabama immigration enforcement law, it will be difficult to prevent the state from using AL-Verify.

Opponents of the new immigration enforcement law (such as the ACLU) are crying foul, saying that until the judge hands down a decision on the legality of the new law it is premature for the state to pursue additional actions. But, since the new system merely verifies whether a driver’s license is valid, the decision by the judge on the new immigration enforcement law should not affect use of this new system.

Let’s hope that Alabamans will be able to soon enforce their new immigration laws, but in the meantime, their creative approach to discouraging illegal immigration should be applauded.

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    Brit – you are spot on save for one thing…. All immigration – including those of so called ‘highly skilled immigrants’ needs to stop. Illegals take jobs from the mainly lower or no skilled workers while legal immigrants depress wages and take jobs from mainly the middle class.

    Until our real unemployment rate – not the government lies – is down to 6% or so there is a need for exactly ZERO immigrants to take our jobs.

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    ANOTHER FRAUDULENT AMNESTY? IT’S NEVER GOING TO HAPPEN?

    Contrary to what the open borders and special interest organization say, Mandatory E-Verify is an incredibly urgent deterrent for the American job marketplace, in opposition to the illegal immigration invaders. This federal enforcement program will detect illegal aliens in the workplace, will be very potent verification process of those who being hired and lawfully here. Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas sponsored nationwide E-Verify to hold businesses accountable, for the 8.5 Million already working amongst us. Rep. Lamar Smith’s mandated E-Verify bill H.R. 2885, known as the “Legal Workforce Act” Is now ready for Congress. The American people deserve a President that upholds our laws, instead of bypassing Congress with Executive directives. He must be prepared to protect America from its internal enemies, and sustain the 1986 Immigration laws against all entities who are pushing for wide open borders and allowing uncountable amounts of poverty-stricken–ECONOMIC–people to enter this sovereign nation.

    President Obama said today he cannot pass Immigration Reform on his own; it’s truly a bipartisan effort. When you disrespect our immigration laws and then come here and protest for civil right, they are just making the law abiding populace furious—angry with the no—intentional commitment of politicians to serve the public. Instead they have brought and sold America for campaign contributions. We are a sickening country with the loss of jobs, a staggering economy and a hell of a defense bill in other countries, and hundreds of billions of dollars in supporting illegal aliens.

    E-Verify will spell-out to illegal aliens from every area of our world; the welcome doormat has been withdrawn as we cannot afford them anymore. Highly skillful immigrants should be expedited through the system, but others who are predisposed to become public taxpayer charges must be turned away. The millions of non-lawful immigrants will recognize they cannot enter America with impunity and that if they cannot get hired, then why smuggle their families and children here who predominantly are uninsured and have no means of financial support. These individuals use our own laws against us to wreak havoc with our limited emergency health care service or clog our schools with their children, that don’t speak English in the majority of cases. In the last few decades they have been fortunate to find criminal companies to employ them, but when E-verify is enacted finding a job won’t be so easy.

    WHEN MANDATORY E-VERIFY SYSTEM BECOMES A FEDERAL LAW, I PREDICT THAT MORE AMERICAN WORKERS OR OTHER INFORMANTS WILL BECOME WHISTLE-BLOWERS AND CALLING ICE ON SUSPICIOUS BEHAVIOR, CONFIRMING ILLEGAL ALIENS. THE ICE DIVISION TO CALL IS 1-866-DHS-2ICE (866-347-2423).

    Agents are very courteous and are in attendance to listen to your observations you have noted. They need no personal information other than a report, so they can make a determination on a thoroughly investigating any episode. So instead of complaining on a blog, contact ICE and make your voices known, to make a disparity in this migration and immigration crisis. Therefore–over the years many will leave–part of the 20 million plus illegal aliens previously homesteaded here, will remain in enforcement purgatory. If you want more truthful information it’s predicated at NumbersUSA, Judicial Watch and American Patrol, who provide insight reporting. The free cornucopia for foreign nationals will be over, and we can start, including the foothold citizen babies; we supplement 300.000 these pregnant mothers annually with welfare and public assistance programs–that even US families cannot get for free, including subsidized housing.

    THIS GOES BEYOND INCOMPREHENSIBLE, when American citizens and lawful residents are not eligible and yet taxpayers forfeited money to pay for illegal alien public services. With a reduction of these illegal children and babies, billions of dollars can go to our warriors, our old folk and homeless, not to criminal aliens. Illegal Immigration have been in the ball court of the special interest entities for years, but voters can bring this to an end in the 2012 elections. A President influenced by the TEA PARTY such as Herman Cain, Michelle Bachmann or any straight talker who will contain the spread of big government, dump the current Tax Code and begin anew. America has become a nation of government regulation; not just federal, but State, county and local, so how can any person be expected to create a new business when burdened down with layers of laws.

    The propagating TEA PARTY will enforce the 1986 Immigration Control and Reform act and not dismantle it. Amnesty will not be passed or any form of Immigration reform and Sanctuary Cities will become a thing of the past, that will stop Mayors and Police Chiefs from catering to foreign nationals. GOP Politician Rick Perry a contender for the presidency has shown his Democratic tendencies, by giving illegal aliens academic in-state tuition. This would be a forerunner of his future intentions in the White house, of being soft to criminal entry.

    As another thought, outside independent groups should ask Baptists, Catholics and other faith group congregation members separately, to enquire on their immigration stance. Union members should subtly ask the same questions, but with a different approach, so they can give an honest opinion away from prying eyes? When not being intimidated by the church overlords and the union masters, you will certainly get a different answer.

    NO LAWMAKER WHO IS FORESEEN AS SOFT ON IMMIGRATION IS IN FOR A HARD TIME GETTING ELECTED IN THE FUTURE. WE NEED A PRESIDENT AND CONGRESS, WHO RESPECTS OUR LAWS, WHO AMENDS OUR LAWS TO MAKE ENTRY INTO OUR SOVEREIGN COUNTRY A FELONY. ONLY THE TEA PARTY WILL DO EVERYTHING TO SAFEGUARD OUR NATION FROM UNFETTERED ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION.

    Just today US District judge Blackburn in Alabama also upheld provisions that require schools to check the immigration status of students, nullify contracts signed by illegal aliens, and makes it a felony for illegal aliens to apply for a license plate, driver’s license, or business license. Unlike rulings made by a federal district court and circuit court of appeals on Arizona’s SB1070, Judge Blackburn upheld the provision that allows police officers to ask for proof of legal status during routine police stops.

    Blackburn’s order temporarily blocked four parts of the law until she can issue a final ruling. Those measures would:
    •Make it a crime for an illegal immigrant to solicit work.
    •Make it a crime to transport or harbor an illegal immigrant.
    •Allow discrimination lawsuits against companies that dismiss Citizens and legal residents while hiring illegal immigrants.
    •Forbid companies from taking tax deductions for wages paid to workers who are in the country illegally.
    This is a patriotic chance to help your fellow jobless countryman by Calling House and Senate Leadership NOW Call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121

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      I work with 287G officers, and I am here to tell you E-verify only tells you if the document is valid not the person holding the document. illegal aliens use thier own siblings and infants social security numbers to obtain work, loans ect…in California teenagers applying for credit cards or colledges ect…are finding out they owe alot of moolah already.

      We need our congress to pass the, “REAL ID ACT”, this is like a driver license but will have all the necessary information on it that verifies exactly who you are and your criminal past (if you have one) and the officers do not even have to pull you over its is a scanning system that operates from thier vehicles. To many forgeries and crooks out there using U.S citizens IDS and there are no laws protecting U.S. citizens from this crime.