HB56 bars businesses from taking state tax deductions on wages paid to illegal aliens and makes it an offense to knowingly rent living quarters to an illegal alien. HB56 bars illegal aliens from enrolling in any state-funded public college in Alabama.
The law's sponsors, Sen. Scott Beason and Rep. Micky Hammon, properly related the illegal alien problem to our unemployment problem. Hammon said, "This is a jobs-creation bill for Americans."
Three other states also make E-Verify mandatory. A half-dozen others require the use of E-Verify for state employees or contractors.
The Supreme Court decision in the Arizona E-Verify case was a tremendous victory for the right of the states to have a greater say about immigration issues. Kobach explained that the decision said that "as long as the state relies upon federal definitions of immigration status and relies upon federal determinations of any particular alien's status, then that state is not in conflict with federal law," and that is "exactly" what the Arizona law does.
Last month's Supreme Court ruling about Arizona's E-Verify law did not rule on Arizona's other controversial immigration law, which grants police broader power to check the status of persons they suspect of being illegally in this country. That case is still in the courts.
However, the May 26 decision did touch on many of the same issues of federal versus state authority and seemed to show an openness to action by the states. Kobach said the Supreme Court's decision signaled that it will set a high threshold before ruling that a state law conflicts with federal law.
In an unrelated decision issued on May 23, the Supreme Court ordered California to release up to 46,000 of the state's 140,000 prisoners because of overcrowding and unsanitary conditions. One way to deal with the Court's order would be to deport the estimated 19,000 prisoners who are illegal aliens, costing California a billion dollars a year to incarcerate.
That might put pressure on the government to build a secure fence on the border so the deportees don't come back. The illegal alien drunk driver who killed a policeman in Houston last month had been deported twice, then came right back into the United States.
Phyllis Schlafly is a national leader of the pro-family movement, a nationally syndicated columnist and author of Feminist Fantasies.
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