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I found an article in the Montgomery Advisor today that brings a new facet to the illegal immigrant story I’ve been writing about. Apparently, some immigrants, both legal and illegal, have filed a lawsuit against the state of Alabama claiming the new law goes against provisions in the Alabama constitution that encourage immigration. Except I don’t think the people who wrote the constitution back at the turn of the last century (it was adopted in 1901) were thinking about illegal immigrants when they were trying to encourage immigration. I think these illegal aliens need to come up with a better justification for their lawsuit.
By now you’re probably wondering how all of this affects the conservative population of Huntsville. I think the lawsuit filed by the civil rights activists here in Huntsville will have more of an impact. That lawsuit was filed in Federal Court, and will likely result in similar rulings as in the other states that have passed such laws – some or all of the parts of the laws will be declared unconstitutional and will be removed. That could be a good or a bad thing, depending on how you look at the overall situation.
As I’m sure many of you are aware, immigrants (both legal and illegal) often take the lowest paying, hardest jobs available in order to make money. They work in agriculture and landscaping and paving, often times making very little money. Of course, if you’re here legally, you can make more money. But an illegal worker can still make a lot of money “under the table” working these jobs. Now, according to an article I read yesterday (and I agree), if this law is upheld, the cost of agriculture and landscaping and everything else these immigrants do will go up. So here in Huntsville your landscaper will have to charge you more (or if you just pay a guy to do it, technically you’ll have to report him if he’s an illegal immigrant), agricultural products will become more expensive (especially fruit and vegetables). However, if the entire law is declared null, none of that would happen. It would have to be the entire law, because one of the parts that is likely to be upheld is the part about businesses having to turn in illegal workers.
Immigration is a sticky business. You want to encourage legal immigration, and stop the illegal kind. However, I feel like this is something that should be handled at a Federal level (in fact, one of the reasons the civil rights activists are filing the lawsuit in Huntsville is because they say it is a Federal thing). Yet the Federal Government isn’t really doing anything about it. They obviously have more important things to do. Like argue over money and spending.