[AAACE-NLA] Local Anti-Immigrant Laws
kearney_lykins at yahoo.com
Thu Sep 20 11:23:31 EDT 2007
The spirit of the Aiken County, South Carolina law that Debbie Yoho describes is not, as she asserts, "anti-immigrant." It is, however, "anti-illegal immigrant." This misrepresentation is another example of rhetorical line-drawing between imaginary sides: pro-immigrant and anti-immigrant. However, as much as the left would love to frame the argument this way, because it paints its opposition as simplistic, xenophobic haters, one of these two sides does not in fact exist (to a significant degree), and hence there is no such battle.
As we all know the real debate nationally and locally focuses not on immigration, but on a particular type of it - the out of control illegal sort. The people of Aiken County are reacting to the inability or the reluctance of the federal government to enforce existing immigration law. The effects are felt locally. And the reactions are rational.
The truly bad news is that the federal government has thus far failed to honor its commitment to control immigration.
/ Kearney Lykins
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Date: Wed, 19 Sep 2007 15:37:43 -0400
From: "Debbie Yoho" <dwyoho at earthlink.net>
Subject: [AAACE-NLA] Local Anti-Immigrant Laws
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Dear Friends: By way of keeping our list informed, see below. Another example of the craziness that is taking hold regarding immigration, this time, I am sorry to say, from SC. It will interesting to see if this local ordinance is adjudicated. Best, Debbie Yoho
Deborah W. Yoho
director, Turning Pages
(formerly the Greater Columbia Literacy Council)
a community service of Volunteers of America Carolinas
PO Box 1447 Columbia, SC 29202
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From: Tammy Besherse
To: Hispanic Leadership Council;NLPOA;SCLN;Voto Hispano
Sent: 9/19/2007 8:54:19 AM
Subject: [HISPANIC_LEADERSHIP] Aiken County Council
I have some bad news. Aiken County passed an anti-immigrant ordinance last night. This was despite our efforts, and the work of MALDEF, the Farm Bureau, and the Chamber of Commerce, to name a few. If you hear of low income people being affected by this ordinance, please let me know. We have discussed litigation with MALDEF. It might be an avenue we pursue, depending on plaintiffs, and how they are being affected. Feel free to call me if you have questions. Thanks.
Summary of Ordinance:
1. Vendors hiring undocumented workers will lose their licenses. Note the ordinance does not have due process rights for vendors, nor tell them how to determine if someone is authorized to work in the country.
2. Police will have to check everyone's legal status they arrest. Note, again, no information was put in place advising the police how to do this. The reality is only the feds can do this, unless local police are properly trained.
3. English only laws unless for "civil rights" and "emergencies".
4. Anyone trying to receive "benefits" from agencies that get "discretionary funding" from Aiken County must determine someone's legal status. Again, no rules set in place for how to determine the legal status. Also, we can not locate anywhere who gets "discretionary funding".
We believe this ordinance is going to be enforced too broadly, cause racial profiling, and other constitutional law violations.
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