An occasional commentator and Economics Professor here in North Carolina recently posted that the Alabama Immigration law is suppressing jobs in that state. As proof, he cited this article:
(CNN) — Fierce critics of Alabama’s controversial new immigration law — and one of its staunchest supporters — are pointing to the arrest of a German Mercedes-Benz executive last week to make their case.
Police in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, pulled the man over because of a problem with the tag on the rental car he was driving, and then detained him when he didn’t have proper identification on hand, according to Alabama’s homeland security director.
Somehow, this is sufficient evidence that immigration laws in Alabama are keeping jobs out of the State. However, even the article doesn’t think that’s the case:
[Senator] Brewbaker told CNN that requiring immigrants and foreign visitors to carry identification is common around the globe.
“I know a good many people with Hyundai and companies like that have gone to live in Korea. They say, ‘We’re expected to carry our papers with us because we’re foreigners,'” he said. “That’s the standard worldwide. I don’t want Alabama to be any more onerous on visitors, as long as they’re legally present, than anywhere else.”
Yes, of course. Let us not forget that it’s a Federal Offense not to carry paperwork demonstrating that you are in America legally. A Federal Offense. It’s against the law. If you are in America legally as a foreign visitor, you are breaking the law if you don’t carry paper work on your body.
But I get the point. After all, the Mercedes executive was Hispanic and we all know that the Republicans are just racist haters:
For state Sen. Dick Brewbaker — one of the law’s backers — the arrest shows that officers aren’t racially profiling and that the state is enforcing the same types of requirements other countries have.
“This police officer in Tuscaloosa, he sure didn’t pull that guy over because he looked Hispanic,” Brewbaker told CNN. “He was just enforcing the law.”
See..? Wait? What?
The guy was pulled over for a crime, was asked to provide documentation and then arrested and he WASN’T Hispanic?
But I’m sure he was thrown into prison, tortured and has yet to be released. Right?
“The incident was resolved when our colleague — who was visiting from Germany on business — was able to provide his driver’s license and other documents to Tuscaloosa Police,” the company said.
What a burden! The man had to show documents proving he was who he said he was. And then released.
If anything, the Alabama law is CREATING jobs. Alabama farm workers are leaving the state in droves creating a shortage of harvesters. A shortage that the farmers are unable to fill with native American workers.