Sunday, December 4, 2011

"Ignorant Shoals"/Quad-Cities Daily

Are you ignorant? We're all ignorant of some things, usually many things--that does not mean we're lacking in intelligence; it simply means we're uninformed on a certain subject. Yet the word is fraught with negative connotations. UNA activist Amanda Hernandez has called those who support Alabama HB56 ignorant. She's quoted in the Quad-Cities Daily as saying: This law really does play off the ignorance of the people here.

The entire law is long and, yes, steeped in legalese. Here from Wiki is a synopsis that is easily understandable:

The Alabama law requires that if police have "reasonable suspicion" that a person is an immigrant unlawfully present in the United States, in the midst of any legal stop, detention or arrest, to make a similarly reasonable attempt to determine that person's legal status. An exemption is provided if such action would hinder an official investigation of some kind.

The law prohibits illegal immigrants from receiving any public benefits at either the state or local level. It bars illegal immigrants from attending publicly-owned colleges or universities [currently blocked]. At the high, middle, and elementary public school levels, the law requires that school officials ascertain whether students are illegal immigrants. Attendance is not prohibited for such students; school districts are mandated to submit annual tallies on the suspected number of illegal immigrants when making report to state education officials.

The law prohibits the transporting or harboring of illegal immigrants [currently blocked]. It prohibits landlords from renting property to illegal immigrants. It forbids employers from knowingly hiring illegal immigrants for any job within Alabama. Moreover, it considers as a discriminatory practice any action to refuse to employ or remove a legal resident of the state when an illegal one is already employed [currently blocked]. The law requires large and small businesses to validate the immigration status of employees using the US E-Verify program. The law prohibits illegal immigrants from applying for work [currently blocked].

The production of false identification documents is considered a crime. Contracts formed in which one party is an illegal immigrant and the other has direct knowledge of that are deemed null and void. The law also requires voters to provide proof of citizenship when registering.

Now, Mrs. Hernandez, none who have read this is ignorant of the law any longer. Please take your foot out of your mouth and realize most informed Alabamians will still support the law as a means to steep the flow of our tax dollars to non-citizens.


For those who question the cost of enforcing HB56, we think you'll find the initial cost will be more than justified by the amount of tax dollars saved after just a few years. Alabama has been paying out countless tax dollars (yours and mine) to illegals via DHR and the Department of Health. That's not counting the losses suffered by motorists involved in accidents with these non-documented intruders or the costs to law enforcement in having to deal with the large percentage who commit crimes.

Related post: Shoals Most Wanted


Some weeks ago, we became aware of a new Shoals news site, the The Quad-Cities Daily. Since is was still a work in progress, we were asked not to mention it until January 1st; however, it has now been quoted on Facebook, as well as linked, so we want to go ahead and give it a plug. We hope everyone will visit the site regularly. Like The Connection, it offers a great alternative to the print medium (read: TimesDaily).



  1. I think the law is something that was needed long ago. The comment about illeagels driving without any driver's license or insurance really hits close to home. My nephew was killed by illeagal driving with no license or insurance. He fled the country before anything could be done. Use the law as it is written and if Ms Hernandez is legal, then she is the one who is ignorent. If not sned her back as well.

  2. Amanda Hernandez is indeed a U.S. citizen, from Florida, a state we all know is superior to Alabama. At least that is how her comments come across. Mrs. Hernandez is married to a Puerto Rican, a U.S. citizen whose native language is Spanish--making him, or course, Hispanic.

  3. I have suffered a great loss financially and physically by a person who was not a legal citizen. This person attended UNA where I also have received my degree from. He hit me head on while driving another person's vehicle. No proof of insurance and he walked away while I've faced two surgical procedures on my ankle and still walk with a limp and in pain most days. He's somewhere in another state or possibly moved back to his country of origin. No accountability whatsoever.