I was reading the local news this morning, and a piece on the Alabama immigration law caught my eye, as House Speaker Mike Hubbard did an interview talking about changes they would seek to the law in February when the House speakers convened again. Are they admitting they are wrong, and trying to undo the damage done to Alabama’s image world-wide since this bill was passed? No. They are just looking for ways to make it less inconvenient for residents who are complaining of long lines and fees to get ‘proper’ documentation, since apparently an Alabama drivers licence is no longer good enough since this law was implemented.
Politics aside, a quote from Hubbard caught my eye, and gave me a good laugh, as it reminds me of the insanity of the hate-filled conservatives words, which 3 months into this law has been repeated ad nauseaum, ‘What part of illegal don’t you understand??’.
Hubbard said it was “absolutely not right … to select which laws you enforce and which ones you don’t.”
I actually agree with this, probably more than Hubbard himself does. Why? Take a look at some of the crazy laws reportedly still on the books in Alabama.
It is considered an offense to open an umbrella on a street, for fear of spooking horses.
It is illegal to sell peanuts in Lee County after sundown on Wednesday.
Putting salt on a railroad track may be punishable by death.
Boogers may not be flicked into the wind.
Women are able to retain all property they owned prior to marriage in the case of divorce. However, this provision does not apply to men.
Men who deflower virgins, regardless of age or marital status, may face up to five years in jail.
As far as I’m concerned, these laws need to be focused on and made a priority, IMMEDIATELY. Especially the one about de-flowering virgins, as that would surely have an impact on the pregnancy rate of unwed mothers in the state, and a knock-on effect for the economy.
If they are there, why aren’t they being enforced? Come on Alabama, what part of illegal don’t you understand?