Thursday, June 09, 2011

Alabama -- Tough On Immigration

The new law "makes it a crime to knowingly give an illegal immigrant a ride...."

I would have to see the language in the actual statute, but can you really criminalize giving someone a ride? Guy asks you in a British accent if he can have a ride to the store to buy some milk -- are you a criminal? Little brown skinned kid is on the side of the road, doesn't speak English and appears hurt or abandoned -- sorry, Pablo, I would like to keep you from dying of exposure, but I am not going to jail.

Or, if the standard of "knowingly" is that you actually have to KNOW the guy is in the country in violation of federal law, do you have to actually read the law and confirm with the guy that he is not covered under any potential exclusion from the immigration laws???

Expect NYC cabbies to lobby hard for this bill to be enacted in New York -- they don't like to pick up people with dark skin anyway. "Hey, I thought he looked like an East African illegal -- couldn't risk it."

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