Wednesday, October 12, 2011

BOYCOTT ALABAMA! Protesters Vow to Continue Boycott Until Racist Racial Profiling Law is Overturned!

ALBERTVILLE, Ala. (AP) -- At least a half-dozen poultry plants shut down or scaled back operations Wednesday and many other businesses closed as Hispanics in Alabama skipped work to protest the state's toughest-in-the-nation immigration law.

The work stoppage was aimed at demonstrating the economic contribution of Alabama's Hispanic immigrants. It was unclear exactly how widespread the protests were, but a poultry company spokesman said officials were reporting unusually high absences at plants in northeast Alabama, where much of the state's chicken industry is based.

In the northeast Alabama town of Albertville, numerous Hispanic-owned businesses along Main Street had the lights off and signs that said they wouldn't be open. Mexican restaurants, a bank that caters to Hispanics, small grocery stores and supermarkets were all shuttered. Jose Contreras owns a restaurant and store on Main Street. He said he was losing about $2,500 in revenue by shutting down. "We closed because we need to open the eyes of the people who are operating this state," said Contreras, originally from the Dominican Republic and a U.S. citizen. "It's an example of if the law pushes too much, what will happen."

Republican supporters say Alabama's (Racist) strict new immigration law was intended to force undocumented (Latino) workers out of jobs and help legal residents find work in a state suffering from high unemployment. The law allows police to detain people indefinitely if they are suspected of being in the country illegally and requires schools to check the status of new students when they enroll.

Since a federal judge upheld much of the law two weeks ago, many frightened Hispanics have hid in their homes or fled Alabama. Schools have reported high absentee rates among Hispanic students, and officials said even more students were absent Wednesday, apparently because of the protest.

At Crossville Elementary School in DeKalb County, Principal Ed Burke said about 160 of the school's 600 students weren't in class. "We normally would have about 20 or 30out," he said.

The Obama administration is among the critics of the new law and asked a federal appeals court Wednesday to at least temporarily block enforcement, arguing in court documents the statute oversteps the state's authority. It's not clear when the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals will rule on the administration's request for a preliminary injunction.

Not far from Contreras' businesses, the parking lot was virtually empty at a Wayne Farms poultry plant that employs about 850 people. Company spokesman Frank Singleton said other plants were also reporting unusually high absences. "We know it's related to the immigration law. I don't think it's going to be just today," he said.

The protests were being promoted partly through Facebook and other social media, as well as a Spanish-language radio station in Birmingham. Supporters say they want to show the economic impact of Hispanic people in Alabama and demonstrate solidarity in opposition to the law. There are an estimated 185,000 Hispanics in Alabama. The Pew Hispanic Center estimates that 70 percent of the state's Hispanic residents are of Mexican descent.

1 comment:

Vicente Duque said...

U. S. Supreme Court : More delays for USA. v. Arizona, the SB 1070 "papers please" case - SC granted two more writs of certiorari October 11th, SB 1070 not on this list and neither was the writ denied - Supreme Court is delaying or postponing the hot potato of AZ Anti-Immigration Law

And the Court issued 12½ pages of cert denials in their order. The Court granted two more writs of certiorari October 11th. U.S.A. The Circuit Courts are not in agreement in these two cases.
The Supreme Court is lately considering cases where Circuits are split and States are split.

The Supreme Court does not want to be burned with the SB 1070 hot potato. This Political Ticking Bomb can be delayed, so that the Circuit Courts of Appeals generate more jurisprudence and more wisdom on Immigration.

I want to emphasize that the opinion of the Circuits do not create a judicial obligation for the Supreme Court, but otherwise, the opinion of Great Scholars and Studious Sages in the Circuits can not be easily dismissed or thrown out to the Garbage Can. In a certain sense the circuits create a moral and political obligation, a bias or slant for a decision high above in the Supreme Court.

It is an excellent idea not to rush to give decisions on this dangerous case of "Papers Please", this is a political ticking bomb, and even great scholars and sages can make mistakes that will be very costly in the future and generate bad fame and ill disposition in the public for the U. S. Supreme Court. It is a good idea to be prudent and cautious.

For a look at the two new interesting cases that the Supreme Court will consider soon go to this excellent blog on Jurisprudence, Click on the link, please :

Ideas, Observations and Mental Machinations
October 11th Order List is in - USA v. Arizona has not yet gained certiorari - Court will consider cases where Circuits are split and States are split
October 12, 2011


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