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Federal-State Tug Of War: Drawing The Lines In Immigration Overhaul
NPR ^ | December 17, 2012 | Debbie Elliott

Posted on 12/17/2012 3:16:04 PM PST by moonshinner_09

Inside a modest storefront in Loxley, Ala., 18-year-old Maria Lola Melisio points out the Mexican spices and other products for sale in her mother's market.

"There are the leaves where you make your tamales — you roll them up in that," she says.

Melisio has long dark curls and is wearing a houndstooth scarf in support of the Alabama Crimson Tide. When she was 7 years old, she entered the U.S. illegally from Mexico with her mother, and still has a scar on her back from crawling under the border fence. It's a story she's kept secret until now.

"We shouldn't have to be embarrassed," Melisio says. "It's really not my fault that I came here illegally. I really didn't know anything."

She says her mother wanted a better life, "so we could have a future." Tension Between State And Federal Law

Now, Melisio finds herself caught between state and federal immigration policy.

Alabama's immigration law is often billed as the toughest in the country. In recent years, other states have passed similar legislation intended to curtail illegal immigration, at times running afoul of the U.S. Constitution.

But with President Obama's re-election, an immigration overhaul is now back on the national agenda, with calls from both political parties to address the large numbers of undocumented immigrants who call the U.S. home.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Chit/Chat; Politics; Society
KEYWORDS: alabama; aliens; dreamact; immigration
The Christian Coalition of Alabama, indicates America should be creating a path to citizenship and legitimate work with adequate housing, fair wages and family health care benefits.I believe right now we have about is it 23 million Americans under employed or collecting unemployed,some have collected unemployment for 99 weeks or more. We have 47 million people on food stamps.But the The Christian Coalition of Alabama,suggests we should provide for illegals and if there is any money left maybe a few Americans can be helped.
1 posted on 12/17/2012 3:16:19 PM PST by moonshinner_09
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To: moonshinner_09
If I hadn't already made up my mind these

guffawing goofballs celebrating their 2007 immigration reform package would have turned me against "reform". Their proposed law blew up in their faces due to public outrage and opposition.

2 posted on 12/17/2012 3:50:14 PM PST by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: moonshinner_09
There is a path...

The private individual citizens who are members of The Christian Coalition of Alabama, and other groups or individual private citizens should each be allowed to personally sponsor an illegal alien, to include arranging to pay for all identifiable past fraudulently obtained services rendered to said illegal aliens.

Such retroactive sponsorship to have both a minimum escrow amount based on locally decided financial impact values, and a maximum reimbursement time schedule.
The self-incurred liability is not subject to discharge via bankruptcy by either the sponsor or the illegal alien. The sponsor also undertakes to be legally financially and criminally liable for any/all new actions of the now legally documented immigrant, for the already stipulated Federal immigration time frames.

How many citizen sponsors do the various supporters of illegal aliens think they can get signed up within say, six months? I'd bet there would be many, and God bless them all!

OTOH, it is always much easier for people to SAY they are advocates for specific "causes", as long as they are spending other peoples money, and not their own.

Hense our nations current financial problems.

3 posted on 12/17/2012 5:50:49 PM PST by sarasmom
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To: moonshinner_09; All

The Christian Coalition is neither Christian, nor Coalition, in pushing any for of Illegal Alien Amnesty. Amazes me that people think this group, or Pat Robertson, is any sort of Christian, Conservative, or American

Our borders need to be secured, and the Illegal Aliens need to be deported. Too many Americans are out of work because they lost their job to Illegal Aliens, and, the same Americans end up paying the cost in tax dollars to subsidize the government programs Illegal Aliens end up benefitting from...many programs that the same Americans are not eligible for.

Any group that pushes rights for Illegal Aliens over Americans is never Christian. Time to put the “Christian” Coalition out of business

4 posted on 12/17/2012 6:52:25 PM PST by SeminoleCounty (Seems that the ones who understand little about the economy are economists)
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