MONTGOMERY, Ala., Nov. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Delegates of 26
federated Republican Women clubs recently gathered in Huntsville, AL, for
its biennial convention of the Alabama Federation of Republican Women
(AFRW). At its general session attended by over 100 members, AFRW passed a
resolution commending Governor Riley for his actions regarding illegal
immigration and made three specific proposals to enhance efforts to cut
costs and curb illegal immigration while new policies and laws are being
formed and debated.
The first recommendation was that the Attorney General assemble and
publicize in pamphlet form all current laws that make it a crime to use
stolen Social Security Numbers to get a job or apply for free public
benefits. The second and third was to encourage vocational schools and
entrepreneurs to train students and workers for jobs that attract illegal
workers, and inform the public that workers who feel they are displaced by
illegal workers can report employers and evidence to their local county
Speaking in support of the resolution as chair of illegal immigration
issues, Elois Zeanah stated, "It is a felony to submit or accept bogus
documents, and State government should do everything within its power to
expeditiously spread the word that Alabama has these laws and enforces
them. If illegal immigrants understand that Alabama government will
aggressively punish attempts to use fraudulent documents to get a job and
apply for public benefits, these actions will help curb costs and impacts
of illegal immigration."
The resolution references two new state panels that have been charged
to address the growing public policy crises of finding additional monies to
help the 16% of Alabama's 4.4 million residents who live in poverty and to
propose solutions to illegal immigration in the state.
AFRW President Virginia Howard connected the two panels, explaining
that while the first panel had nothing to do with solving illegal
immigration; the costs to fund illegal immigration had everything to do
with the shortage of dollars to meet the crying needs of Alabama families
who live in poverty.
Howard stated that at the federal level, Congress passed a great bill
in October 2006 but the government has failed to implement its provisions.
At the state level, she said, great bills are introduced but Democrats
don't let them get out of committee. "Alabama residents and state budgets
can't wait for the Legislature to act on the recommendations of these two
panels since it will take months if not years, and maybe forever," said
Howard. "Our schools, medical care, public safety, and entitlement programs
are hit hard, and our state and local budgets cannot sustain the costs of
illegal immigration which grow faster than state revenues."
SOURCE Alabama Federation of Republican Women