Tag: Sen. Scott Beason

Let Us Know What They Say

LET US KNOW WHAT THEY SAY!

1)  Please call your state senator TODAY at 334.242.7800 and ask this question:

Will you cosponsor Sen. Scott Beason’s bill to repeal and replace common core standards in Alabama?  If not, why not?  
We need superior, not common, standards that use proven methodology and instill Alabama values.

2)  Please ask ten neighbors to call, too.  We must not fail our children, who will determine America’s future.

Please let us know what response you and your friends get by replying to this email.  TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE!

3)  Please “pray for all those in authority over us [Gov. Bentley, Sen. Del Marsh, Sen. Jabo Waggoner and Speaker Mike Hubbard]  that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.” (I. Tim. 2:2)  Legislators are being given DVD copies of the 22 min. Alabama documented presentation Reasons to Repeal here.

Following a fact filled debate in Montgomery Tuesday night, momentum is building to get legislators to repeal common core, thus enabling students to prosper under parental, local and state control of their education.

Dr. Bice’s latest ploy which he mentioned twice in the debate is to delete from the Alabama ELA standards the recommendation to use the Common Core Text Exemplars.  Too late.  These Exemplars are already imbedded in Alabama textbooks.  For example, the three Exemplars to which Alabamians object primarily because of their graphic sex are featured in the Prentice Hall Alabama Common Core Edition of The American Experience, one of the most widely used 11th grade textbooks in Alabama schools.  One of those featured Exemplars is a book to which Sen. Bill Holtzclaw has publicly objected: The Bluest Eye, with its sympathetic portrayal of a pedophile, whose victim eventually commits suicide.  More on this later.

For more information on Common Core in Alabama, go to Alabamians United for Excellence in Education (www.auee.org).

You may find your Senator on our website at alabamaeagle.org

 

Will the Strongest Immigration Bill in Country Be Weakened?

Will the strongest immigration bill in the country be weakened?  Not if we can help it.  Call your Senator and make it clear that you want them to pass SB541 if they decide to make any changes to the immigration law.  HB658 is NOT acceptable!!  Below are some good examples of how HB658 will weaken HB56.

 

WHAT ARE SOME EXAMPLES OF HOW HB 658 WEAKENS HB 56?  (None of the following are in SB 541.)

  • HB 658 repeals the provision that makes it a crime to encourage/induce illegal aliens to move to/remain in Alabama.  Yet federal law prohibits “encouraging or inducing aliens to come to or reside in the United States.”
  • HB 658 adds exclusion for churches or church-related organizations so they can knowingly conceal, harbor or shield aliens.  There is exemption in federal law for bona fide nonprofit religious groups, but the exception in HB 658 is very broad and goes beyond that which is exempt under federal law. 
  • HB 658 restricts definitions of “contractor” and “state funded entity” to mean only entities that receive more than 50% total revenue (within last three years) from public funds.  HB 56 prohibits hiring of any unauthorized aliens and requires all contractors to use E-Verify.
  • HB 658 raises the bar of proof prohibitively high for employees to prove employers fired/replaced them with illegal aliens so that employers can get virtual immunity.
  • HB 658 removes the permanent revocation of business licenses after the second violation.  Employers cannot be penalized if second and third violations are not within 5 years of first.

SB541 Is The Right Fix For Alabama’s Immigration Law

Senator Scott Beason, a co-sponsor of HB56, has introduced a bill (SB541) to tweak that legislation and make it easier to enforce and easier to defend in court.  Sen. Beason’s bill was approved by a Senate Committee today and heads to the floor for a full vote.  HB56’s original sponsor, Rep. Micky Hammon, has also introduced a bill (HB658)to address some issues with the immigration law, but many feel that it changes too much, thus endangering HB56 with the courts, and substantially weakens the original legislation. SB541, however, does exactly what GOP leaders promised they would do–it tweaks the law to make it more effective and more enforceable without making it weaker.

Please call your Legislators ASAP to let them know you support SB541 and want them to stand firm against weakening HB56.

More Alabamians Back To Work After Passage Of Landmark Immigration Law

Opponents called the law evil, racist and defamed the character of those who supported it, but their attacks ring somewhat hollow now that evidence has shown it is working.  That’s right!  Alabama had one of the largest drops in unemployment in the country for the 3rd month in a row!  Unemployment has dropped from 9.8% when the law took effect in September 2011 to 8.1% as of December 2011.  The December 2011 drop from 8.7% to 8.1% was the largest in the country.  Below, Fox News discusses the trend and its correlation to the new immigration law.

A Victory For The Rule Of Law

Today, U.S. District Judge Sharon Blackburn lifted a temporary injunction on key parts of Alabama’s new immigration law.  Known as the Beason-Hammon Taxpayer and Citizens Protection Act, the law is currently the strongest in the country.  The U.S. Department of Justice filed suit against the state and asked Judge Blackburn for an injunction to prevent the state from enforcing the law until the matter had been settled in court.

After hearing arguments from both sides, Blackburn issued a temporary injunction for 30 days while she considered the claims.  Today’s ruling issued a more permanent injunction on a few provisions of the law, but the majority of the law will be enforced starting October 1.

The Huntsville Times has a good run down of exactly which provisions were allowed to go forward and which were more permanently enjoined.

Blackburn upheld a provision of the state law related to police stops and detentions of people suspected of being in the country illegally.

She also upheld sections requiring schools to check the citizenship status of children and sections that would nullify contracts knowingly entered into with unauthorized aliens.

Blackburn also upheld a section making it a felony for “an alien not lawfully present in the United States” to apply for a license plate, driver’s license, business license or other business license.

On other provisions, Blackburn ruled the state:

» Can’t stop an “unauthorized alien” from seeking work as an employee or independent contractor.

» Can’t prosecute those who assist unauthorized aliens. She blocked a large section that would make it against the law to conceal, harbor, transport or encourage an illegal alien to stay in Alabama. This includes portions of the law referring to landlords.

» Can’t stop businesses from deducting the wages they pay to unauthorized aliens from their state taxes.

» Can’t create a new protected class of workers. The new law would have allowed workers who were fired or not hired in favor of unauthorized aliens to sue employers for discrimination.

Overall, the ruling was a victory for all those who support and believe in the rule of law.

7 Myths About HB56

Myth: School officials will be required to determine the immigration status of every student at enrollment and will be able to refuse students without proper documentation and report the parents to the authorities.

Although schools will require a certificate of live birth for all students at enrollment, regardless of the student’s status neither they nor their parents will be punished. In a briefing for the State Board of Education, Tommy Bice, Deputy State School Superintendent for Instructional Services stated, “Those who enroll after Sept. 1 and are unable to provide documentation through a birth certificate that they are U.S. citizens will still be accepted, although they’ll have to go through a multi-­step process with the school system.” By obtaining the status of all students, lawmakers in Montgomery will have a better idea of the number of illegal immigrants and how to forecast and plan for the impact their presence may have on public education in the state.

Myth: Officers will be allowed to stop and request proof of citizenship of anyone based upon suspicion.

A law enforcement official may only request proof of citizenship if the individual in question has already committed an offense. In Section 12(a) HB56 states:

“Upon any lawful stop, detention, or arrest made by a state, county, or municipal law enforcement officer of this state in the enforcement of any state law or ordinance of any political subdivision thereof, where reasonable suspicion exists that the person is an alien who is unlawfully present in the United States, a reasonable attempt shall be made, when practicable, to determine the citizenship and immigration status of the person, except if the determination may hinder or obstruct an investigation.”

Myth: Illegal immigrants pay taxes through rent, sales taxes, and have taxes withheld from their paychecks, therefore they don’t cost us any extra compared to citizens at the same income level.

Tax collections from illegal immigrants do little to offset the balance of fiscal costs. The Federation for American Immigration Reform estimates that in 2010, tax collections for illegal immigrants in Alabama reached $18.2 million compared to the $298 million in costs. According to Wall Street investment firm Bear Sterns, there are at least 5 million illegal workers who are collecting wages on a cash basis and are avoiding both income and FICA taxes.

Myth: Illegal immigrants are the only ones willing to perform menial labor.

With unemployment sky-­rocketing to almost 10% in Alabama it is crucial that we protect jobs for citizens of the state. A study by the Center for Immigration Studies indicates that “Mexican immigration is overwhelmingly unskilled and it’s hard to find an economic argument for unskilled immigration because it tends to reduce wages for U.S. workers. Cheap labor from illegal immigration is not “cheap.” It’s subsidized by all of us in the form of our tax dollars paying for their services. It makes a few employers wealthy at the expense of all of us.”

Myth: HB 56 is an unfunded mandate that will cost the state more to enforce.

The Federation for American Immigration Reform estimates the cost of illegal immigrants to the state to be at least $298 million. While it is true that enforcement of the law will cost the state and local law enforcement, in the long run it is expected to save the state money.

Myth: HB 56 makes it illegal to give aid to an illegal immigrant in an emergency.

HB 56 specifically exempts 9irst responders and protection service providers [Section 13(e)]. It also states that a person must “know or recklessly disregard” the fact that a person is in the country illegally for a violation to occur. Good samaritans are not prohibited under this law (Section 13).

Myth: HB 56 prevents Alabama churches from ministering to the illegal immigrant population.

HB 56 does not prevent churches from ministering to anyone. Churches are well protected from state regulations by the Alabama Religious Freedom Amendment which states in part:

“SECTION III. The purpose of the Alabama Religious Freedom Amendment is to guarantee that the freedom of religion is not burdened by state and local law; and to provide a claim or defense to persons whose religious freedom is burdened by government.”-­-­Alabama Constitution

For more information, AFRW White Paper on Immigration

Alabama Legislature Passes Immigration Overhaul In the Wake Of U.S. Supreme Court Decision On Arizona Immigration Law

The U.S Supreme Court recently upheld an Arizona law which penalizes employers who hire illegal immigrants by a vote of 5-3.  Under the Arizona Law, employers are required to use the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s e-Verify system to verify the work authorization status of an employee.  Employers that intentionally violate the law by knowingly hiring an illegal immigrant can lose their business license.

This ruling gives a boost to the comprehensive immigration reform legislation passed by the Alabama legislature last week.  Alabama’s answer to immigration reform, also known as HB56, is now one of the strongest in the country.  It aims to restore, among other things, depressed wages and lost jobs. With the backing from the Supreme Court in the Arizona case, supporters for immigration reform in Alabama are optimistic HB56 will survive a legal challenge.

Top Immigration Lawyer Lauds Alabama’s Passage of Immigration Reform Legislation

Regarding tonight’s passage of immigration reform legislation, Eagle Forum of Alabama spoke with Kris Kobach, one of the nation’s top immigration lawyers and current Kansas Secretary of State, who congratulated the Alabama Legislature on today’s passage of HB56 which he considers to be one of the toughest immigration laws in the country.

“With the enactment of this bill, Alabama now has the strongest law deterring illegal immigration in the country, surpassing even Arizona.  I have worked closely with Senate and House leadership to ensure that the Alabama law is drafted carefully.  It will pass judicial muster if the ACLU and the open borders crowd decide to take Alabama to court,” said Kobach.

Among other things, HB56 will require a person to present proof of citizenship or residency before voting and prohibit an alien not lawfully present in the U.S. from receiving any state or local public benefits.  It will also require employers to verify the legal status of their employees using the Department of Homeland Security’s e-Verify program.  Eagle Forum of Alabama has been advocating immigration reform for many years now because of the detrimental effect it has had on our state.

Spotlight On Immigration Reform: A Look At HB56

The Alabama Legislature recently passed HB56 which will reform the state’s immigration laws. Eagle Forum of Alabama has supported immigration reform for many years because of the detrimental impact illegal immigration has had on our state. The Federation of Americans for Immigration Reform (FAIR) documents the annual net cost to the state at $270 million. One legislator estimates this cost could be as high as $600 million when depressed wages, lost jobs, dollars sent out of the U.S., drug addiction, etc. are added. We cannot afford to ignore the problem any longer.

Senator Scott Beason and Representative Micky Hammon have introduced legislation aimed at addressing the problem of illegal immigration for the last several years. With the new Republican majority in the Alabama Legislature, they were finally able to get it passed. The House and Senate passed slightly different versions of HB56 so the legislation will go to conference committee when the legislature returns next week.

The latest version of HB56 will:

  • Require the Attorney General to try to negotiate a Memo of Understanding between the state and the U.S. Department of Justice or U.S. Department of Homeland Security concerning enforcement of federal immigrations and customs laws, detention and removals, and investigations in the state as provided for in 8 U.S.C. Section1357(g).
  • Require a person to present proof of citizenship or residency before voting
  • Preclude any state or local government or public official from refusing to enforce federal or state immigration laws and allow the state to withhold funds, grants or appropriations until the violation has ceased.
  • Prohibit an alien not lawfully present in the U.S. from receiving any state or local public benefits
  • Prohibit a person not lawfully present from being eligible on the basis of residence for education benefits
  • Require business entities or employers seeking economic incentives from the state to verify the employment eligibility of their employees and provide penalties for those who fail to do so
  • Prohibit an unauthorized alien from seeking employment in this state
  • Criminalize certain behaviors relating to concealing, harboring, shielding etc. of illegal aliens
  • Create the crime of dealing in false identification documents and the crime of vital records identity fraud
  • Prevent an employer from knowingly employing an unauthorized alien
  • Make it a discriminatory practice for a business entity to fail to hire a legally present job applicant or discharge an employee while retaining an employee who is an unauthorized alien
  • Require the verification of legal status of every person charged with a crime for which bail is required
  • Require law enforcement to detain any person whose citizenship status cannot be verified under certain conditions
  • Require notification of the U.S. Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Alabama Department of Homeland Security when an unlawfully present alien is convicted of violating state law (Exception: victims and critical witnesses of crime)
  • Authorize the Alabama Department of Homeland Security to hire state police officers and grant those officers enforcement powers
  • Provide penalties for solicitation, attempt or conspiracy to violate this act

As you can see from the summary above, HB56 is a tough, comprehensive solution to our state’s problem with illegal immigration. You can find out how your legislators voted by looking them up on our Find Your Legislator page. If your legislators supported HB56, we’d like to encourage you to call and thank them for their support of the bill, and ask them to do what they can to ensure the bill comes out of conference committee just as strong as possible.

Urge Your Senator To Vote YES On SB256

The Alabama Senate will vote on SB256 today.  Sponsored by Senator Scott Beason, SB256 will reform our state’s immigration laws.

SB256 will:

  • Make it illegal to hire illegal immigrants.  Business owners who use e-Verify to check the status of their employees are given a safe harbor, but the use of e-Verify is not mandatory.  All state contracts will have a clause against hiring illegal immigrants and if contractors are found in violation of that clause on a first offense, the contract will automatically terminate and the contractor may be barred from contracting with the state for a period of one year.  The contractor is also liable for 10% of the total amount of the contract in damages.  On a second offense, the contractor may be permanently barred from doing business with the state and be liable for 25% of the total contract price in damages.
  • Prevent any illegal immigrant from getting public benefits.
  • Make it a crime to be in the state illegally.  Persons found in violation of this law will be subject to a $500 fine and one of the following:  Term of imprisonment not less than one year and one day and not more than three years; or repatriation to the person’s country of citizenship.
  • Allow law enforcement officers to verify the citizenship of any person in the course of a lawful stop, detention or arrest where reasonable suspicion the person is in the state illegally exists.

Eagle Forum urges a YES vote on Final Passage of SB256.
The net ANNUAL cost to Alabamians according to one legislator could be at least $600 million when depressed wages, lost jobs, dollars sent out of the U.S., drug addiction, etc. are added to the $270 m. net annual cost to AL documented at www.fairus.org.  We cannot afford NOT to stop it by attrition through cutting off jobs and benefits.

Go to http://alabamaeagle.org/find-your-legislator to find your state legislator and email or call as indicated.

OR you may leave a message at the House switchboard in Montgomery: (334)242-7600.