Line of the Day (AL Immigration Law Edition)

“Alabama needs insurance reform and better education and better jobs and oh, I don’t know, a hundred other things before we need a tough new immigration law that stresses out farmers, law enforcement, school officials, people in line at the DMV and everyone with a tan.”—J.D. Crowe, the Mobile Press-Register.

Seriously, of the problems this state has, illegal immigration is nowhere in the top 100.  And yet, the legislature found time and the will to address it.

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Steven L. Taylor
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Comments

  1. WR says:

    Because Republicans hate them folks with darker skin more than they care about anything else.

  2. Just nutha ig'rant cracker says:

    @WR: No KIdding! Haven’t you guys been listering? Even from Korea, where I am teaching right now, people can hear that Republicans believe that insurance reform, education problems, need for better jobs and all 100 or so other problems that Alabama faces have been caused by the influx of brown people.

  3. sane_voter says:

    So if I understand correctly, Alabama is so flush with cash they can pay for these illegals health care, schooling, etc. And Alabama unemployment is so low we need them to do the jobs legal Alabama citizens won’t. Sure.
    Also, thousands of illegals are pulling their kids out of school in Alabama. Sounds like those illegal families are self-deporting, what a concept! It may hurt some school soccer teams, but I’m guessing folks in Alabama can live with that.

  4. superdestroyer says:

    How does the education system get better when it has to spend more money on English as a second language instead of AP classes. How does the jobs situation get better if there are people who underbid everyone else to get a job. Hoe does the standard of living get better when there is a demographic group that is pulling the standard of living down. How does insurance prices do down when the demographic group that refuses to purchase insurance is growing?

    If a politician cannot see the connection between illegal immigrants and jobs, then there is no hope for the U.,S. My guess is that the politicians knows that illegal immigrants lower the wages of everyone but is more interested in getting more non-white, Democratic Party automatic voting people than about insurance, education, or jobs. The Democrats have realized that the way to win eleection is to elect a new population of poor non-whites.

  5. Tsar Nicholas II says:

    Probably the greatest irony inherent with that quote is that the quickest way to help effectuate two of those stated goals (insurance reform and better jobs) is to repeal Obamacare and the quickest way to effectuate the other stated goal (better education) is to eradicate the public education unions; I don’t think, however, the author of that quote would be able even to grasp the irony.

  6. An Interested Party says:

    …the quickest way to help effectuate two of those stated goals (insurance reform and better jobs) is to repeal Obamacare and the quickest way to effectuate the other stated goal (better education) is to eradicate the public education unions…

    Where is the proof to substantiate these claims…