Raquel Benson is a Senior Contributor to TDA, a journalism student, humanist, and artist with issues of chronic imagination. She may be brash, but it stems from a deeper concern for the world around her.
Civil Rights – After the recent fiasco involving two German workers in Alabama being detained for not carrying proper identification, the state of Alabama is rethinking their immigration strategy. Oh Alabama – maybe you are learning!
Republican Governor Robert Bentley said that he would plan to revise the state’s racist immigration policy, stating that, “We recognize that changes are needed to ensure that Alabama has not only the nation’s most effective law, but one that is fair and just, promotes economic growth, preserves jobs for those in Alabama legally, and can be enforced effectively and without prejudice.”
A little over a month ago, when the German executives were taken into custody, Alabama lawmakers seemed to make an “exception” to thoroughly investigate the case. This resulted in, ultimately, plans to reform the offensive bill.
Immigration lawyer, Tommy Eden said, “This has everything to do with those auto workers [...] a lot of political contributors to the GOP want this straightened out so it won’t scare business away.”
It seems to be the recent craze of southern states to have ridiculous and harsh immigration policies – and at some point it becomes kind of a competition. So when the governor made his statement about revising (what is considered) the toughest immigration policy in the nation – the law’s bigoted supporters felt a little betrayed.
- Perhaps if they knew that the revisions were made in favor of white businessmen, they would make the same exception that Bentley did.
Read more at Reuters.