12 June 2011

Alabama Outdoes Arizona: Show Me Your Papers

Down in the heart of teaparty south, the same people who still, somehow, unironically think of themselves as warriors for "small government" have unironically passed immigration law which among other things:
  • requires schools to become agents of law enforcement: requires schools to verify the immigation status of both children enrolling and their parents
  • requires landlords to become agents of law enforcement: landlords can be imprisoned if they rent to anyone they even "should know" are illegal immigrants
  • empowers police to engage in "show me your papers" checks
Let me see if I've got this straight. Helping out someone who is sick or unemployed? Socialism! Or worse, a step closer to soviet-style totalitarianism! Police state where everyone must be prepared to prove their innocence? Freedom, American style! Got it.

Southern Poverty Law Center's Sam Brooke sums it up:
Fundamentally it's our view that this is an un-American law. It's a law that requires people to carry identification on them at all times in order to prove that they're a U.S. citizen. It's a law that is making all of us a lot less safe here in Alabama.


zim said...

i think residents should turn to their Bibles to see if they've gone astray. e.g.

"A generous man will himself be blessed, for he shares his food with the poor, provided their papers are in order."

never mind, i guess i misremembered that one.

JustJoeP said...

Zim, the old testament endorses slavery and provides guidelines for how to best treat your slaves. Many in the South truly love and cling to their old testaments, and the words of the homophobe (apostle) Paul, much more than the words of their declared savior Jesus.

Ron, it IS freedom. Freedom to live without being around anyone who looks, acts, votes, believes, or eats differently than the average southern red neck. I know you love Chattanooga and it's good points, but it is still located in the deep South... and after 16 years in residence in SC, I am glad that I do not live there anymore.