Monday, October 17, 2011

Reason #46: The Reverse Perry

HB 56, Alabama's papers-please bill, has met with a lot of skepticism regarding its constitutionality (see Reason #9) and enforceability. Now, upon appeal by the Justice Department, an injunction has been issued against the implementation of its harshest provision, which would've required public schools to look into the immigration status of their students (amusingly kind of a reverse of Rick Perry's position) - because if you're gonna be here anyway, you should be educated as little as possible.

Other provisions still officially on the books:

- any contractual agreement an American citizen knowingly enters into with an illegal immigrant in invalid and unenforceable. Therefore giving employers more cause to screw over any illegals they are paying.

- an illegal immigrant who attempts to obtain a legal driver's license is now committing a felony. Because if you're gonna drive anyway, there should be as little oversight as possible.

- if police catch you driving without a license, they must bring you immediately to the nearest magistrate and you cannot be released from custody until it is proven you're here legally.

Interestingly, while several states have now passed papers-please laws or some sort, every one of them has been blocked at least partially upon federal appeal. So there's that.

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