Monday, October 17, 2011
Like in the case of lots of controversial issues, once you know someone personally who faces a very difficult situation like Jose's you just look at things differently. Jose is a fine young man. He comes from a very fine family of extremely hardworking people. He has never been in trouble with the law. He has been a good young man. He is exactly the sort of person we need to stay in the country.
I'm wondering why our leaders can't step up and deal with immigration reform so that we create a new way for our neighbors to the south to come and go to the benefit of all concerned.
Because of my friendship with Jose and his family, the following story about a federal court's ruling on the very harsh immigration laws now in force in Alabama caught my eye.
We've got to find a way to do better and to do the right thing by our fellow human beings. After all, we are a nation of immigrants.
Court Rules Alabama Can Detain Illegal Immigrants
by The Associated Press
October 14, 2011
A federal appeals court issued a ruling Friday that temporarily blocked parts of an Alabama law requiring schools to check the immigration status of students but let stand a provision that allows police to detain immigrants that are suspected of being in the country illegally.
The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued the order after the Justice Department challenged what is considered the toughest immigration law in the nation. The opinion also blocked a part of the law that makes it a crime for immigrants to not have proper documentation.