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 district attorney. 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