Basically, Alabama is losing hispanics due to new immigration law that "is also driving away many construction workers, roofers and field hands in the country legally who do backbreaking jobs that Americans generally won't."
While it's not clear how many of an estimated 185,000 Hispanic people in the state have fled, one estimate figured as much one-fourth of the commercial building work force had left since the law was upheld last week
It's a draconian law-
The law allows police to detain people indefinitely if they are suspected of being in the country illegally and requires schools to check the status of new students when they enroll. Those elements make it perhaps the toughest law in nation.
The law targets employers by forbidding drivers from stopping along a road to hire temporary workers. It also bars businesses from taking tax deductions for wages paid to illegal workers and makes it a crime for an illegal immigrant to solicit work
Doesn't seem like the law is helping the Alabama economy. The voters and politicians may get what they deserve.
Didn't read the link, but yeah, we need to do something about illegal immigration. And I do oppose too many free services for illegal immigrants, like education, but not the extent that we throw them under the bus. Illegal or not, they're still humans and shouldn't be allowed to die in an emergency room because they've never paid taxes, etc.
It would be so much easier if you really could tell who was an illegal immigrants by the color of their skin. But alas, life is not so simple. Lots of brown Americans. No easy answer.
ATLANTA, Georgia — Leaders of Georgia’s vital farming industry blamed Wednesday a draconian new immigration law for labor shortages estimated to have cost the southern US state at least $75 million.
A study by the University of Georgia’s Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development found Tuesday that peak harvest employment would have been 12,930 but that there was a shortage of 5,244 workers in the fields.
The study did not explain the shortages but farmers said a new immigration law had scared off Hispanic workers who were now afraid of being deported to Mexico, with their children being left behind in the United States.
I recently had to bring birth certificate and other proof of citizenship to my employer - a huge multistate healthcare organization. I resented doing that but since it is a condition of employment, I did.
It seems like many want all Americans to be in a national identity bank, and maybe have an implanted chip or similar system. DNA profiles in a national computer would be the most effective method. I think that's a concept that's open to abuse. Maybe a bar code tattooed on the forehead? Although that could be counterfitted I also think that the people would most want such a system are the same people who want small government.
I don't know how I feel about illegal immigration per se. It seems like the most capitalistic and free of ideas - people follow the employment market, regardless of borders. The work can be grueling and the work conditions can be inhumane. The presumption is that having illegals here keeps employer costs low, and without them local legal people would have higher paying jobs. I don't know if that is true. It keeps some jobs in the US although some of those jobs can't be exported, like some agriculture jobs. Not educating immigrant children seems like a caste system, setting them up for adult poverty. For a while they talked about a system like the Germans used to have for Turkish workers, "gastarbeiter". I'm not sure that can be called a successful program, either. It does make for fun, long German words, like "Aufenthaltsberechtigung" ("right to reside") and "Gastarbeiterprogramm" ("guest worker program").
Some thoughts and links on Diversity inc.
State immigraton laws graphic, washington post
It will be interesting to see if more local people have jobs, after the cleansing of immigrants from local employers. I don't know if the jobs that employ illegal immigrants pay into social security, income tax, and medicare - if they do, and if those jobs are lost, then that is also a problem.