Statesman Opinion – Navarrette: State of cruelty when it comes to immigration

Ruben Navarrette writes:

"This is how bad it is in Alabama.

A Mexican consulate official in Washington monitoring the fallout from the state's new immigration law told me that, as school administrators were trying to determine the legal status of students, some principals were going into elementary school classes and telling kids: "Raise your hand if you weren't born in the U.S." Imagine a 6-year-old unsure of whether to raise his hand because he's afraid his parents might get deported.

What is happening to my country? I was born here, as were my parents and three of my grandparents. Yet, sometimes, I hardly recognize the place.

This is one of those times. As they shape their own immigration policies, the states are in a race to the bottom. Rather than challenge one another to create jobs or improve the schools, they're competing to see which one can be the cruelest to illegal immigrants."  Read more …


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