February 22, 2012
Illegal immigrants who fled Alabama after it began cracking down on illegal immigration in its borders are now safely returning to the state as the Obama administration’s backdoor amnesty policies have undermined the ability of Alabama to enforce its own state laws as well as existing federal immigration laws. No one knows how many people initially left the state, so it is impossible to determine exactly how many illegal immigrants have returned. However, in an interview of 18 Hispanic immigrants interviewed by The Associated Press in the Birmingham area, six had friends or relatives return to the state.
Conservatives who supported the state’s crackdown argues that making it impossible to legally find work and housing would force people to “self-deport” and move out of the state. Of course, no one expected the Obama administration to stop all pending deportations and punish states trying to uphold existing federal immigration laws with multi-million dollar lawsuits. The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals is set to hear arguments from the Obama administration, immigrant groups and others over Alabama’s law on March 1.