Judges have barred some portions of Alabama’s immigration law, and it may be further curbed because of the Supreme Court’s June decision to sharply restrict states’ authority to protect legal residents from Illegal Immigration. The decision was part of the court’s June 25 decision striking down most of Arizona’s SB 1070 law.
The court, however, allows state officials to check the residency of suspected illegal immigrants during traffic stops and arrests, and to then pass them to federal officials for possible deportation.
Alabama’s law is popular in the state, regardless of complaints from Democratic politicians, ethnic lobbies, and from farmers and chick-processing plants and other low-wage employers.
The complaints were echoed in the media and by various progressive advocates.
“Alabama is already at the low end of states in employment and economic vitality [and] has long struggled to lure good jobs and shed a history of racial intolerance,” said a November 2011 New York Times editorial, titled “The Price of Intolerance.”
The criticism increased in December after police detained Honda and Mercedes executives until they could produce evidence that they were in the country legally.
“Suddenly the reality of what the state has done hit people in the face,” said Richard Cohen, president of the Southern Poverty Law Center, a progressive law firm with $190 million in assets, according to its 2009 tax filings.
The immigration reform was passed by “a xenophobic and anti-immigrant local government,” said Moises Naim, an advocate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. “The anti-immigrant law is in direct conflict with the pro-foreign investment posture of the State,” he wrote in December 2011.
Naim did not respond to The Daily Caller’s request for a comment about the Airbus factory.
“Gloating doesn’t help prove my point,” said Ball, the GOP legislator who supports the immigration reform.
Progressives “lose credibility when they try to do it… [but] I don’t have to overreach — I can take the most cautious response to their criticism and the evidence just proves them wrong,” he said.
“If you just let things play out, the truth will rise to the top,” he added.