A bill has been pre-filed in the Alabama State Senate that would repeal the controversial and, I believe, ill-advised immigration law. My brother Billy Beasley, who voted against the legislation when it was rushed through the Legislature with almost no debate, is the chief sponsor of the repeal legislation. It’s quite apparent that the sponsors of this law had done little if any real homework on what the consequences of the bill’s passage would be for the state. For example, they obviously never considered how it would affect business owners, farmers, law enforcement officers, school officials, industrial recruiters, churches, and many others. Neither does it appear that any real thought was put into who would pay the tremendous cost of enforcing the new law. In fact, I am convinced the sponsors had no clue as to how it would be enforced.
In my opinion, this ill-advised and highly disruptive law should be taken off the books. The effect it would have on Mexicans who had been in our state legally never crossed the minds of the bill’s sponsors. But as long as we have folks like Sen. Scott Beason from Jefferson County in control of what happens in state government, I fear we will see more of this sort of thing. Some Capitol Hill observers believe that those who pushed the bill through the legislative process, with no planning and without allowing any real debate, showed a lack of sound judgment.
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