AL Gov. Bentley: “I don’t want to be perceived as the face of illegal immigration bills in the country”

Well, then, maybe he shouldn’t have signed Alabama’s mean-spirited, short-sighted law. From AP interview:

Alabama’s governor is confident he did the right thing four months ago by signing a strict law that catapulted the state to the forefront of America’s debate about illegal immigrants. But he is declining most interviews about it because he wants his administration to be remembered for other issues…

…But Bentley, a Republican in office for seven months, said he wants to be remembered not as a governor who cracked down on illegal immigrants but as one who created jobs and solved problems.

He has a funny way of showing it.  Here’s a hint, Gov. Bentley – when you sign a bill that not only “cracks down” on undocumented immigrants but sanctions profiling of anyone who doesn’t look and sound like “one of us online free pokies“, severely damages the state’s agriculture and construction industries, and terrorizes school children, that’s pretty much your legacy.  You might as well own it.

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In today’s economy, the canard that unemployed people are just too lazy to get jobs is ridiculous on its face.  What is also ridiculous is assuming that kicking out all the undocumented workers (and scaring away documented workers as well) is going to solve the jobs crisis.  Labor is not fungible. A 40-or-50-something who was laid off after years at an office job is not going to have the physical strength and resilience, not to mention skills, to start framing or roofing houses or picking tomatoes ten hours a day. That’s not weakness or laziness; it’s reality. We are shooting our state economy in the heart when it already had bullet holes in both feet.

9 Responses to “AL Gov. Bentley: “I don’t want to be perceived as the face of illegal immigration bills in the country””

  1. Helen Rivas says:

    So, in the effort to go after less than two per cent of the people living in the state, he is willing to inconvenience hundreds of thousands, if not millions of Alabamians with extra citizenship and id requirements for routine daily transactions.

    What is sad, though, is how many lives have already been drastically affected by this law, which is solely about driving people away from this state, not about creating jobs. In N. Alabama, Ethiopians, not US born workers replaced fleeing Latinos at at least one chicken plant.

  2. Kathy says:

    The only jobs that will be created by this bill are prison jobs, and I smell a strong whiff of Corrections Corporation of America on it. Helen, are you hearing anything along this line?

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