Illegal Immigration and State’s Rights

Like several other states, Alabama has been moving in the direction of strengthening their laws regarding illegal immigration.  And of course, there is plenty of tension to go along with this shift.  Here’s the first bit from a Los Angeles Times Op/Ed piece:

This month, the Department of Justice sued Alabama to block a contentious new immigration law that requires police to arrest suspected illegal immigrants, landlords to verify their tenants’ immigration status and schools to check if students are here legally.

From what I’ve read, the Alabama legislation doesn’t appear radical at all.  They’re simply reaffirming the same immigration laws that exist in other parts of the country.  Aren’t law enforcement officer already supposed to arrest those suspected of being here illegally, you know, enforce the law?

I understand there’s a significant difference between illegal immigrants who come here to work and provide for their family and illegal immigrants who move drugs and other illicit substances into the country, but those here illegally shouldn’t really be surprised to learn that they’re in danger of being deported.  That’s the nature of their illegal status.  And if the federal government is not satisfying a population’s demand for certain legislation that pertains to their community, shouldn’t they have the right to pass and enforce their own law?

What say you?

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