It’s time for states like Alabama to get out of the immigration business and let the federal government do the job. Immigration is a federal policy issue that is between the U.S. government and other countries – not an individual state and other countries – and that’s fairly elementary. A bi-partisan effort in Congress should lead efforts to strengthen federal laws and protect our national borders. State leaders should adopt reasonable policies addressing immigrants who are in their respective states. That’s not too much to ask in my opinion.
• Law Enforcement: The rule of law must be respected and we all should support law enforcement’s professional judgment and discretion. Local law enforcement resources should focus on criminal activities, not civil violations of federal code.
• Families: Strong families are the foundation of successful communities. Policies that unnecessarily separate families are harmful. Policies that support families and improve the health, education and well-being of all children are needed.
• Economy: We can’t ignore the economic role immigrants play as workers and taxpayers. Many businesses have been hurt badly because of the actions taken by states like Arizona and Alabama.
• A Free Society: As for Alabama, it’s obvious that immigrants are integrated into communities across our state. A humane approach to this reality must be adopted, reflecting our unique culture, history and spirit of inclusion. The way we treat immigrants in Alabama will say more about us as a free society and less about our immigrant neighbors. Alabama should always be a place that people of goodwill are welcomed. Playing politics with the immigration issue is just plain wrong!
Source: The Alabama Compact
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