Latino Immigrants Returning to Alabama After Illegal Immigration Crackdown

Fox News Latino, February 19, 2012

Undocumented immigrants who flooded out of the state of Alabama after its crackdown on illegal immigration are now beginning to trickle back, unable to find work elsewhere and missing the place that had been home for years.

Ana Jimenez and her husband were so terrified of being sent back to their native Mexico when Alabama’s tough crackdown on illegal immigrants took effect that they fled more than 2,000 miles to Los Angeles, cramming into a two-bedroom apartment with more than 20 other relatives.

Now they are among the families coming back to cities like Birmingham, as the mass deportations never materialized and courts blocked parts of the law. No one knows how many people initially left the state, so it’s impossible to say how many have returned.

Of 18 Hispanic immigrants interviewed by The Associated Press in the Birmingham area, six said they had friends or relatives who had returned to Alabama after fleeing because of the law.

As for Jimenez, she left Birmingham with her husband, father and brother three days after the law took effect. Now, all except her brother are back. Jimenez said through a translator that not much had changed, though she can’t reclaim her job at a McDonald’s restaurant because managers are checking citizenship papers.

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The Obama administration, immigrant groups and others sued over Alabama’s law, and the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is set to consider arguments about it on March 1. The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments a month later over Arizona’s crackdown on illegal immigration, which isn’t considered as strict as Alabama’s.

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And while there are families returning, some officials say they haven’t heard anything to suggest the numbers are huge. Zayne Smith, an immigration attorney with the nonprofit Alabama Appleseed legal center in Montgomery, said she had been hearing that some people wanted to wait until after the 11th Circuit considers the case in March.

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Some initially feared the law would mean that people would be rounded up, or that “you’d be stopped just for being Hispanic,” said Ferreti, an anthropologist from the University of Texas who is living in Tuscaloosa, about 60 miles southwest of Birmingham, for her studies. “That has not happened, but people are aware that racial profiling is going on if you are Hispanic. They are still uneasy.”

 

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  • The_Bobster

    If these ugly brown squat monster invaders return, will Alabama companies then fire the Americans they hired to replace them?

  • Just shows that these people aren’t “self-deporting”, they are just laying low in other cities and states until the heat dies down.

    • The_Bobster

      Cockroaches scatter when you turn on the kitchen light, but they always return, especially if there’s plenty of food in the kitchen.

  • Some initially feared the law would mean that people would be rounded
    up, or that “you’d be stopped just for being Hispanic,” said Ferreti, an
    anthropologist from the University of Texas who is living in
    Tuscaloosa, about 60 miles southwest of Birmingham, for her studies.
    “That has not happened, but people are aware that racial profiling is
    going on if you are Hispanic. They are still uneasy.”

    Of course that was a paranoid notion.  But don’t disabuse them of their paranoia!  Wouldn’t we all love it if blacks got the paranoid notion that white peoples’ pheromones were poisonous to blacks?

  • razorrare

    Guees this means Alabama’s  unemployment rate will be going back up.

  • Dave4088

    I’m not surprised since conservatives are all talk and they don’t seem to realize that their laws are useless without strong enforcement.  I recall that weird little blogger at Occidental Dissent trumpeted the law as a harbinger of good things to come nationally and that conservatives were leading a renaissance.  Looks like the joke is on him.

    You see, conservatives mount half hearted attacks, the extreme left counterattack and then conservatives wave the white flag of surrender then scramble to find another major issue of importance to rally around and convince the lemmings their still worthy of votes and donations. 

    This also proves that conservative half measures don’t work as the illegal aliens simply move to sanctuary cities in immigrant friendly states like Illinois, California and elsewhere.    Stringent enforcement of existing immigration laws coupled with physical deportation is the only solution but I’m afraid that will never happen as the Republican party is nearing the point of capitulation on the subject of amnesty.

  • .

    This is the problem with these “tough immigration laws” designed to crack down on illegals. As soon as the recession starts to let up and the businesses want some cheap “manuel labor” they just don’t enforce them.

  • All this because of a Liar aka MLK.  None of what is happening today would be were it not for that lying piece of black crap.

    • Carney3

      No, it’s cowardly and unwise whites who are responsible.   Nothing MLK said or did would have made any difference if whites had not decided to give him whatever he wanted.

  • Carney3

    And for the result, just look at South Africa.  If they had gone cold turkey on cheap black labor, and kept the blacks in their Bantustans, the whites could have had a beautiful white nation all to themselves.  Now it’s just another Third World pit.

  • Carney3

    I like it.  Give them one thing, then another, then another.