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Illegal Immigration Pros and Cons | Arizona | Alabama, Who Is Next?

Updated on June 18, 2011

What are Illegal Immigrants?

What is illegal immigration? It is essentially the migration of foreign residents to a country under conditions where these foreign citizens or residents do no meet certain legal requirements to immigrate to that country. Which in turn means they enter the country illegally and are violating immigration laws of that particular country or jurisdiction.

There are various and sometimes complicated reasons that people choose to immigrate illegally but it usually consists of people from poor countries who are in search of more opportunities and a better life for their families. So they generally migrate to more advanced or developed countries searching for the "so-called" promised land.

Illegal immigration impacts many different aspects of a country including but not limited to the political world, the economy as well as social, cultural and ethical mores.

This brings about numerous heated debates about how to deal with it when it appears to be out of control. There are also just as many opinions of when that loss of control has happened.

Arizona Immigration Law

Arizona took an unprecedented step starting in 2009 to make some very controversial moves on a new Arizona state immigration law. Now almost 2 years later Alabama has joined their ranks with some of the toughest yet still controversial laws to date. So what are some of the illegal immigration pros and cons in Arizona and Alabama? Who is next on the list to adopt or pass similar laws?

Alabama Immigration Law

The recently passed Alabama immigration law (as the Birmingham news called it "Beason Brown People Ban") has been cited by its creators and the media alike as the toughest in the nation. Most of its provisions were modeled after the controversial Arizona Immigration law, while some of the provisions were specifically intended to surpass its strictness.

State Senator Scott Beason (the main sponsor of the bill) has repeatedly called the new law “a jobs bill for Alabama”, yet it doesn’t seem to contain any provisions that directly impact the legal Alabama worker in a positive way. And it only marginally targets employers of illegal immigrants, not nearly enough to encourage them to start employing Alabama citizens of their own volition.

Rather than go after some of the biggest offenders such as the food processing, apparel & textile, and paper mill industries the state legislature decided to target individuals. The logic behind this according to them was to create an environment that was to create an environment in the state so hostile that illegal immigrants would no longer find it beneficial to come to Alabama.

This is their solution instead of eliminating the tax abatements and subsidies that the major industries in the state that employ illegal immigrants get at quite a generous rate. Why is it the legislature cannot see that it is these companies bringing in illegal immigrants in droves, not individuals huddling together in vans from the border?

One of the more incendiary sections of the law is a provision that makes it illegal, and punishable by up to a year of jail time, to knowingly conceal, harbor, shield, or transport an illegal alien. The language establishing this provision is so poorly worded and short sighted.

Naturally the legislators who drafted it say it is to target criminal organizations and human traffickers, but what it does is open the door to the persecution of church groups, community activist organizations and other civil rights groups-all of which are the political adversaries of those behind the drafting of the new law.

Illegal Immigration Reform- Who Is Next?

With all the controversy surrounding this new Alabama Immigration Law, there are surely going to be lawsuits challenging many of its provisions.

There are several other states that have attempted to pass various types of bills dealing with illegal immigration in their states but none so far have really succeeded to the extremes that both Arizona and Alabama have.

So tell us what you think, share your opinions pro or con on the Illegal Immigration laws currently in place in Alabama and Arizona.

Who do you think will be next to pass a bill equally as strict and controversial?

Share Your Thoughts on Arizona and Alabama Immigration Laws

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      francis5k 6 years ago

      working abroad is possible with help from immigrationdirect

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      MyMastiffPuppies 6 years ago

      Jessica, thanks so much for your visit, it is a very important issue that can be difficult for everyone affected.

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      Jessicapotter24 6 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      Great hub!! I enjoyed reading it and also the ensuing discussion between you and Poolman. Illegal immigrants do not really want to maintain an illegal status, but given their state of affairs, they are forced to live in that status. As mentioned hunger and family overtake everything and that is the reason for the illegal immigrants. It is definitely a problem that needs an IMMEDIATE solution and not mere empty talks and plans.

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      MyMastiffPuppies 6 years ago

      It is clearly a widespread problem that has to be fixed. I realize it will not happen quickly but they do need to come up with a better plan that would allow those seeking citizenship to obtain it. Thanks for sharing!

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      francisid 6 years ago

      if becoming a legal immigrant would be made a bit easier, we wouldn't be dealing so much with illegal immigrants.their number increased so much because of the steady deterioration of a country's economy and the severe difficulty of obtaining citizenship.just ask,who wouldn't want to be a legal citizen?

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      MyMastiffPuppies 7 years ago

      Thank you so much for your support and I agree this is a very serious situation which impacts so many.

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      Old Poolman 7 years ago

      MyMastiffPuppies - My passion comes from the fact I live in Arizona, and see both the suffering and the abuses on a daily basis. Situations are completely when you are viewing them with your own eyes, not listening to some talking head newscaster about something 1000's of miles away. This is a serious situation, and for whatever reason our current administration is ignoring this problem.

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      MyMastiffPuppies 7 years ago

      Thanks Poolman,

      You have really put a lot of thought and passion into this issue. It's a shame more people like you are not in office.

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      Old Poolman 7 years ago

      The truth is desperate people do desperate things. To most of us in this country, hunger means I missed lunch today. To those from other countries, hunger means I have no money, no job, and my family has not eaten for days. Their country has no welfare system like ours. You work, or you starve. For this reason, they risk their very lives to seek a better life. Yes, they illegally enter our country seeking work. Are they all good people? No, mixed in with them are some very bad people. Those who make it across find work in some farmers field, at slave wages, unsanitary living conditions, and work many hours a day in 100 plus degree temperatures, so they can feed their family. Yes, they are breaking the law, but most of us would do the same thing if our children were starving. We all know most of our so called unemployed are not going to do this work. Why should they when they are getting their entitlements? Their families are not starving. The farmers have work that needs to be done, the illegals want work. Gee, you think this would really be that hard to set up a program to make this happen?

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      MyMastiffPuppies 7 years ago

      Poolman, I totally agree it has to be dealt with and sooner rather than later.


      I know it has to be one of the most stressful jobs in the country right now. Especially figuring out a way to separate those who are seeking a better life and those who have ill intentions and put our families at risk. Thanks for sharing...

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      thesailor 7 years ago from Seven Seas

      US Homeland Security is among the toughest on Earth, I would say. Illegal crossing is prohibited, but if you're family is hungry, you can do anything. Just like those Mexicans who are risking their lives just to cross the US-Mexican Borders.

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      Old Poolman 7 years ago

      It will get worse because things are getting worse in Mexico and other countries. I can't believe it would be that difficult to draft a guest worker program where we would have some control over who is entering our country. Of course, this would be a tough sell when our unemployment rate is hovering near 10 percent. Not that many unemployed Americans would want to do the type work most of these illegals do on a daily basis. It is complicated but it should not just be ignored and wished away.

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      MyMastiffPuppies 7 years ago

      Thanks for speaking up Poolman,

      It is a very serious issue and although I don't know the answer of how to solve it, I agree if it were my family that needed a better place I would have to do the same thing.

      I do agree there needs to be a better way of entering legally that doesn't take years and an act of congress.

      I am afraid it is going to get worse before it gets better. Thanks again for such a well thought out comment.

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      Old Poolman 7 years ago

      Well, at least we in Arizona will have some company in the Federal Lawsuit against us. The Feds can hardly sue Arizona and let Alabama go ahead with their law. I had thought by now that Texas would be hammering illegal immigration with their own laws, but this has not happened to my knowledge.

      This is a very serious issue, and the Feds have dropped the ball. Yet they speak publicly about how much progress has been made with border security. All of these statements are false, but probably work with those who don't live in border states. My heart goes out to those poor individuals trying to make a better life for themselves and their family. The process required to legally immigrate is complicated, expensive, and takes more time than these people have. Most would starve to death before the paperwork was ever approved. I can assure you that if my family was starving and there was no work where I was, I would do the same as they are. However, by crossing illegally, they are breaking the law, and that is what concerns most people. They are a huge burden on our healthcare, welfare, school and social systems.

      Bottom line is if the Feds would do their job and really secure the borders, this problem would be greatly reduced and no states would need to write their own laws.


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