Hispanics skip work to protest immigration law
ALBERTVILLE, Ala. (AP) – Along Main Street in this small Alabama town, the Mexican restaurant was closed, lights were out at a Hispanic-owned grocery store and even a bank catering to Spanish speakers was dark. Nearby, the usual hum of a chicken processing plant was silent.
Businesses dependent on immigrant labor were shuttered Wednesday as workers took the day off to protest the state’s strict new immigration law.
The work stoppage appeared largest in northeast Alabama, the hub of the state’s $2.7 billion poultry industry, but metropolitan areas were also affected. At least a half-dozen chicken processing plants closed or scaled back operations because employees, many of whom are Hispanic, didn’t show up for work or told managers in advance they wanted to join the sick-out to show disapproval of the law upheld by a federal judge two weeks ago.
“We want the mayor, the governor, this judge to know we are part of the economy of Alabama,” said Mexican immigrant Mireya Bonilla, who manages the supermarket La Orquidea, or “The Orchid,” in Albertville.
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Hispanics skip work to protest immigration law
I guess I’ll once again be called a racist by a certain self-proclaimed erudite, bleeding heart libber in Conservative clothing, a FAUX conservative that poisons young minds in his position of Associate Professor of Political Science at a 3rd rate CITY college, but the 1st thing that crossed my mind when I read this story was; “What a wonderful time to round up the ILLEGALS and send ’em on their way back to whatever fly infested dung heap they crawled out of…”
There are those among us that call themselves Conservatives that just don’t fit the mold. They call me a bigoted racist because I want to rid this nation of ILLEGALS and don’t too much care how the mission is accomplished.
There’s only one thing wrong with those accusations of bigot and racist; I haven’t so much as mentioned nationality or ethnicity. I have made some brash and bold statements about ILLEGALS, and what I feel needs to be done with them, and for that I make NO apology.
Here’s the *wrong* part; to the best of my knowledge, ILLEGAL is an action, not a RACE, and for the life of me, some supposedly well educated people just don’t *get* that part.
illegal — A definition thereof
Used as a Noun: An illegal immigrant.
Used as an Adjective: Contrary to or forbidden by law, esp. criminal law: “illegal drugs”.
Synonyms: unlawful – illicit – illegitimate – lawless – wrongful
Now I readily admit, I am NOT a Ph.D, I don’t play one on television and I didn’t spend the night at a Holiday Inn Express, but seriously, I just don’t see any racial connotation in the words ILLEGAL or ILLEGALS (plural). Just sayin’… 😛
I hate to say my accusers are wrong, but they have failed to show me how they get RACE out of ILLEGAL or how I am a RACIST because I advocate the shooting down of ALL that cross OUR borders illegally. Maybe they’re not as well educated as they claim to be.
It wasn’t clear exactly how many workers participated in the protest, but the parking lot was virtually empty at a Wayne Farms poultry plant, which employs about 850 people in Albertville. All along Main Street, Hispanic businesses were closed.
There is an estimated 18-20 million illegal residents in the USA. I know as well as anyone, an arrest and deportation of 850 or so from a chicken plant in Albertville isn’t going to be a game changer, but it’s a start, and you’ve got to start somewhere.
Jose Contreras shut down his restaurant and store, a move he said cost him about $2,500.
“We closed because we need to open the eyes of the people who are operating this state,” said Contreras, originally from the Dominican Republican and a U.S. citizen. “It’s an example of if the law pushes too much what will happen.”
Contreras is an American citizen? I thought that those who came to America and earned a *green card* and then went on to become American citizens were supposed to be even more opposed to ILLEGALS than are natural born Americans. That’s the story we hear on a regular basis when immigration is discussed. I am regularly hearing how naturalized folks resent those that won’t put in the effort to become legal residents and then citizens.
Apparently not ALL naturalized citizens feel that way…
Since the law was upheld, many frightened Hispanics have hid in their homes or fled. Some construction workers, roofers and field hands have stopped showing up and schools have reported high absentee rates among Hispanic students. Officials said even more students were absent Wednesday, apparently because of the protest.
Again there appears to be a bright side, all of these absences have caused less of a strain on city, county and state services, medical services and police resources, lots of TAX dollars are being saved.
The Obama administration has asked the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to at least temporarily block enforcement of the law, arguing in court documents Wednesday that the statute oversteps the state’s authority and could lead to the discrimination of legal residents. The appeals court has not indicated when it may rule on the administration’s request for a preliminary injunction.
OK, there are a few things need to be said here, the first being, much like George W. Bush, Barack Hussein Obama never met an illegal he didn’t like.
Secondly, immigration laws are NOT being aggressively enforced by the U.S. government, that said, shouldn’t the STATES have the right to enforce the laws that the Feds should be enforcing but don’t have the courage to?
The third thing that the above paragraph begs to have answered is this; how in the hell can a law against ILLEGAL invaders lead to the discrimination of or against legal residents?
That is some Obama regime double-speak BS that they are throwing out there to make themselves look like the protector of American freedom.
They are NOT…
Let me boil this all down into a conclusion; Alabama is doing the job that the Feds won’t do.
Obama and Company hate to see any potential Democratic voters sent away in a sweep of ILLEGALS, and none of this has anything to do with human rights, it’s all about the law of the land and it not being enforced, and the law that Alabama has passed is, much like the one Arizona hit on a while back, similar efforts to enforce immigration laws based on federal standards.
Once again let me make this VERY clear; if you come to America legally, work, learn the language, educate yourself, pay taxes, become an American citizen, become a part of the great American experience and support THIS nation and no other, I’ll welcome you with open arms. If not, you need to be gone from America as soon as possible.
If that makes me a bigot or a racist, well, that’s the way the FAUX conservatives fall!