One of the most common – and easily dispatched – shibboleths of the illegal immigration debate is the rejoinder often heard from Democrats and liberals regarding strict enforcement of current federal immigration laws: “What are we supposed to do, simply deport all 15 million undocumented immigrants?” It’s a response that betrays the static, two-dimensional thinking characteristic of liberals – who seem unable to grasp the law of unintended consequences or, in the present case, the law of intended consequences.
Last week a federal judge upheld parts of a new law passed by the Alabama legislature aimed at curbing illegal immigration that is considered the toughest state-level law of its kind although, in the humble opinion of this writer, the Alabama law doesn’t go nearly far enough.
Effective Thursday, schools are to check birth certificates only when a child is enrolling in an Alabama school for the first time. If officials determine the child isn’t in the US lawfully or if a birth certificate is not presented, they then must ask the parent or guardian to provide other documentation or sign an affidavit about the citizenship or immigration status of the student. If that document doesn’t arrive within 30 days, the school records that child as “enrolled without birth certificate” in the state data system.
The law doesn’t require schools to report students’ names when counting up the number who don’t have legal documentation.
Pardon the rhyme, but if the names aren’t reported how can these families be deported? After all, they are here illegally and, if discovered, ought to be repatriated as soon as possible. That said, even this relatively flaccid law is having the predictably desirable effect:
Hispanic students have started vanishing from Alabama public schools in the wake of a court ruling that upheld the state’s tough new law cracking down on illegal immigration.
Education officials say scores of immigrant families have withdrawn their children from classes or kept them home this week, afraid that sending the kids to school would draw attention from authorities.
There are no precise statewide numbers. But several districts with large immigrant enrollments — from small towns to large urban districts — reported a sudden exodus of children of Hispanic parents, some of whom told officials they planned to leave the state to avoid trouble with the law, which requires schools to check students’ immigration status. [emphasis added]
As Mr. Burns would say while tenting his fingers, “Eeexcellent!” You see, there is no need to conduct a massive, nationwide deportation campaign: when faced with enforcement of existing laws on the local level – even if that enforcement is lame – the illegals save us the trouble and deport themselves. In the present case, this involves moving to a state willing to tolerate illegal immigrants.
But as more states wake up to the ugly reality of the drain placed on their economies and public resources by the presence of illegal immigrants and follow Alabama’s lead, that pool will become increasingly shallow until only a few uber-liberal holdouts such as Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York and California remain and count down the tick-tock seconds to their inevitable collapse.