Simplistic's the Word in Alabama
Unfortunately, there are few simple solutions to complex problems. It was thought so simple to get rid of the state's illegal immigrants--save tax dollars by getting their kids out of the public school system, return jobs to legal residents and proudly declare Alabama has the toughest immigration law in the United States. Well complexities "happened on the way to the forum." Republican Senator Gerald Dial says "there were things in the law we just didn't see. I made a mistake and I'll do everything to correct it." Fearing deportation, many immigrants have left the state and a recent University of Alabama study indicates the state's economy will be cut by 40-Million a year. Dial's heard from farmers, doctors, lawyers and contractors demanding a reversal of the law, implemented last summer and ruled legal in states courts. Dial now wants to modify the paper work required of proof of legal legal residence or citizenship for every transaction with local or state government. The senator wants to free schools now required to prove the status of all new students. Other problems to be eliminated by the Dial bill would once again allow lawyer-client confidentiality, eliminate residency paper work of pharmacists and assure those involved in charity work, would no longer live under threat of a felony arrest. Creator of the bill, Senator Scott Beason is no longer using his colorful threat to "empty the clip," on illegal immigrants. Farmers have been unable to replace illegals with legal residents, as field work is considered to laborious for most Americans, particularly those who would have to surrender their welfare and unemployment benefits. Dial hopes the "needed" changes will be in by Christmas.