Even in a society that maintains justice and equal rights for all, there are those who claim unjust superiority. American culture has fostered and bred an uneducated hatred for illegal immigrants, resulting in a recent anti-illegal immigration movement. This contagious form of xenophobia has, even more recently, manifested itself within major state-led anti-immigration laws. Utah, Georgia, Arizona, and Indiana have fueled the movement with their respective anti-illegal immigration policies, and Alabama closely followed suit. Supporters of these laws delicately weave racism throughout the documents, veiling ignorance and hatred behind a patriotic platform.
Alabama’s Republican Governor Robert Bentley of the Republican Party is getting major heat from the U.S. Justice Department for his signing of H.B. 56, a radical law that orders police officers to determine the illegal status of many immigrants. It is no wonder that each governor to sign anti-immigration legislature is of white decent, and is a member of the Republican party. It is this mixture of white-superiority and right-wing ideology that prompted these governors to promote legalized discrimination through racial profiling. Luckily, the Federal government is drawing a line and suing Alabama and friends for their radical legislatures. The Feds’ reason: individual states’ anti-illegal immigration laws interfere with federal immigration regulations, thereby insulting the Federal government’s authority.
Though legal action is underway, the negative effects of H.B. 56 are already spreading. Fearful illegal immigrants are fleeing from their jobs in agony. Students, legal visitors, and even citizens who resemble an “alien” will be questioned and asked to prove legal residency. Most citizens, who are not accustomed to carrying documentation, will feel offended that a police officer has the authority to demand legal documents from them. Many of the law’s supporters are unaware that this blatant racial profiling is an ugly manifestation of racism.
It is clear to most left-wingers that H.B. 56 is morally wrong , and many right-wingers may even understand the law’s economic flaws. And one of these is glaring: the unnecessary waste of funds and resources in order to enforce the law. In our unstable economic arena, there is no room for unnecessarily radical laws that strip attention from actual Homeland Security threats. The United States needs more anti-cyberterrorism and anti-fraud laws. But what we don’t need is to pay more taxes so the cops can harass individuals who are working to support families abroad.
One glance at the Homeland Security’s website actually portrays an acceptance of U.S.-bound immigrants. Several helpful links promote lawful residency. What you won’t find on the Homeland Security’s website are ways to determine the legal status of an individual who looks different from you, and what to do with them afterwards. Alabama and friends tried to take federal matters into their own hands, and are rightfully getting their hands cut off for it.
It is our duty as a society of freedom to respect other nationalities, even if that means accepting other country’s citizens as our own. Individuals who support anti-illegal immigration policies are not only ignorant, but fearful as well. They fear ridiculous consequences such as losing their jobs to immigrants, paying their taxes, and even immigrant children obtaining an American education. We need to leave these idiotic imaginations in the classroom and learn to provide a home for refugees and transnational individuals who moved here because they can still see the beauty and freedom in America, even when many Americans truly can’t.
Edited By: Alexis Atherton