Controversy Surrounds Alabama’s Immigration Law
Justice Department enters a legal battle with the state
- Duration 4:38
- Date Aug 3, 2011
Justice Department enters a legal battle with the state
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-- you left field that the federal government is not.
Doing an adequate job with the immigration enforcement and that states like Arizona need to step -- Well absolutely.
I think time and time again what we're saying -- what our supporters and what we hear from various states.
We're all very concerned about the fact that we see -- the federal government going after states like Arizona.
You know going after states like Alabama however you know when you see the -- the states enacting laws who assist undocumented immigrants and assist illegal immigrants.
Like Sanctuary Cities like providing in state tuition benefits all of which are in contradiction of federal law.
You are absolutely nothing from the administration so what we really would like to see -- be concerted effort on the part of states and the federal government working together much like we do in other areas.
-- enforce the laws that kind of thing.
We really do would -- would like to see the federal government step up to the plate and do their job basically.
Alabama is experiencing a huge shortfall right now the government the governor just came around said that with their Education Department alone.
Experiencing a 163 million dollar deficit.
So you know we really do need to assist the states illegal immigration is a huge unfunded mandate that's negatively impacting the state.
Some reports have said up to 89 -- billion dollars so we really want to see the got.
Let's step up.
So we heard the argument from Christian Ramos just now all of that to one of the problems with having the state take over this time of this type of issue is that it diverts law enforcement away from other.
What about that.
Well I -- we think that this is this is this is also something that is adversely impacting the states.
I I really don't think that's the argument I think that will we look at our immigration laws a history of immigration -- country appraisal wells -- always been to protect American citizens to protect US labor.
Right now -- -- obliterated nine point 3% in exactly no sense that we're not having some sort of coordination.
All the parts of the State Supreme Court is even come -- and -- saves you can't legislate -- -- that's why we feel that this law will be -- Just looking at the recent Arizona decision that came -- for the Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court says states you know you can you can you can take away business licenses -- you can get data verified and it -- the other thing I think -- interest that most people don't talk about.
Isn't this bill basically is just those strict convocation federal law so we think it'll be -- we think it should be.
Christian not lost your response to song Lee's comments okay so I think we should dis aggregate a lot of the stuff that you just say because she's -- a lot of very different things.
Let's just be clear in all of these states -- they pass these laws it's never been enforced because it's not just the federal government is suing on the stuff we're talking about.
Church groups activists.
You know -- wide spectrum of of people you know businesses have been suing.
To stop these laws from being put into effect of this idea that that states.
You know should have a free carte Blanche.
A an effort to to rewrite federal immigration laws -- it's just not true so I think that's the one thing that I would like to take issue with everything.
If she said I actually agree with hurt it in that when she said.
That she doesn't think this is the right way to go.
Four for states that it is -- it does divert funds from.
Local law enforcement officials and does lead to the big drain on the states' economies and I think we really do have to have it in much larger fix.
-- with congress I mean you know you can't blame the federal government for not enforcing.
The laws and then at the same time say that.
You know congress shouldn't do anything to help them I don't really -- -- the last.
-- -- -- First I'd like to say is and number of the businesses that have come out and while these church groups and all these had agreed to the come out and it against US citizens basically and favor -- illegal immigration.
Most of -- stand to benefit either financially or in some regard it and second of all.
You know this bill is not in contradiction of federal law if you look at the law you can read and I've read the bill many times.
Never -- that were very good doctors are very I'd like to finish my comment and I let you finish the drafters are very very careful to just to basically just -- -- Federal law when you talk about driver's licenses that's already federal law that's a real ID act when you talk about benefits and services that they USC.
Such -- 1621 we talk about harboring and then all these and all these other.
Provisions that are built these are directly taken from federal -- so the question is whether and over again enforced crypto laws and I have the -- assist the federal government or not.
We think it's a better policy.
But why would you need to of the same laws.
And keep the second on the states is only gonna lead to lawsuits and a -- and -- budget.
I mean by how does that help I don't why I like to just like government we're gonna have to just like absolute -- just like that will force the drug laws same thing -- I think that we're relying assist other help.