Alabama State Troopers have been empowered by the Department of Homeland Security to arrest and detain illegal aliens. Using the “Immigration Law Handbook,” troopers “have arrested 106 illegal immigrants, including a Mexican man driving 90 miles per hour and a Mexican mother of two who presented invalid documents while applying for a driver’s license.”
Alabama is the epicenter of a widening effort by the Department of Homeland Security to encourage states and localities to help enforce immigration laws in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks.
Colorado, Idaho and Virginia are considering following the examples of Alabama, which began its partnership with the Department of Homeland Security in September, and Florida, which signed an agreement with federal officials in 2002. In Los Angeles County, the sheriff’s office is close to an agreement to allow booking officers to identify illegal immigrants in county jails for deportation.
I happen to be in full support of arresting and prosecuting lawbreakers and illegal aliens are lawbreakers. Unfortunately, this action may be too little, too late and it won’t have any substantive impact whatsoever as long as the borders remain porous. Nonetheless, when the leftists hear what’s happening, I think we can expect a political firestorm.
Having said all that, I still applaud the action. It may be a baby step, but it’s in the right direction.
Companion post at Interested-Participant.