Friday, June 10, 2011

They're Here (Already)!

The title of today's blog is a line spoken by Kevin McCarthy in Invasion of the Body Snatchers. In 2011, most citizens aren't worried about pod people, but illegal aliens. Our legislature proved that today with passage of HB56, supposedly the toughest immigration bill in the country. Is this good or bad? Depending on whom you ask, it could go either way.

No, we're not waffling in our opinion of the bill, but it will cost the state possible millions in implementation. Is it racist? No. Hispanics come in all colors, and many illegal immigrants from south of the border aren't Hispanic--they speak their native Indian dialects.

Since mentioning a roofing company that worked on the Phil Campbell Fire Department some weeks ago, we've received several accounts of similar companies who hire nothing but "illegal aliens." We're at a loss as to how observers know the immigration status of the workers, but one reader sent us a particularly interesting e-mail today.

It seems Coleman Cleaners on East Tennessee Street is re-roofing this week, and the workers communicate in Spanish. Our reader's complaint? All the employee trucks had Morgan County license plates.


Be sure to check out J.J. Ray's latest article: Dysfunctional Cherokee Government.


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