From the Mobile Press-Register:
Immigration Bill Badly Needed
It’s disappointing that the Alabama Legislature failed to act on the last day of the session to address the growing problem of illegal immigration in the state.
The failure is particularly poignant in places like Albertville, a town that the U.S. Census Bureau reported in 2006 had a legal population of just over 19,000, and which now is home to an estimated 40,000-member-strong illegal population.
For this once-Mayberryesque community, illegal immigration is not just a mild annoyance. It is taking over Albertville residents’ lives and the lives of others in cities and towns across Alabama.
Folks here understand all too well the looming immigration problem. They have seen their communities change drastically over the last few years.
The Alabama Legislature’s failure to take action is distressing, but it’s not for lack of effort. Sen. Scott Beason, R-Gardendale, introduced one of the most constructive immigration bills offered this session. Read more…