Homeland chief: Feds won't help Alabama implement immigration law
October 26th, 2011
08:07 PM ET
11 years ago

Homeland chief: Feds won't help Alabama implement immigration law

Washington (CNN) - The Department of Homeland Security is not helping Alabama as it tries to implement its controversial new immigration law, Secretary Janet Napolitano said Wednesday.

In response to questions from House Judiciary Committee members, Napolitano stressed her department is working with the Department of Justice, which is challenging the law, and it's not clear what the full impact of the measure might be.


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soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    this immigration law should be put everywhere

    October 26, 2011 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  2. rcdavid

    I am naturalized citizen of america,what I don't understand is why people migrate to america and feel that they should be allow to work before becoming a legal resident or atleast acquiring a work permit, when that is standard rule of most countries.

    October 26, 2011 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  3. bipar

    the feds don't want to do anything, that is why the states have to come up with their own laws
    congrats to the states that have the gonads to do something

    October 26, 2011 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  4. Ed 1

    Send them all home they cost the tax payers billions of dollars and they don't pay a cent in taxes.

    Let them come back when they come in the front door and work towards becoming legal with a green card.

    October 26, 2011 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  5. Ed 1

    If our wonderful Obama government would enforce the laws we wouldn't have the states doing their job.

    Enforce our laws or get the hell out of our government and try and find a real job.

    October 26, 2011 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  6. Handofdoom

    Thank God , Obama is on his way out !

    October 26, 2011 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  7. William

    First of all, I am a liberal Democrat, but this illegal (yes I said illegal) immigration has got to stop. Our hospitals, our schools, our welfare rolls, and our state in general, cannot continue to support a large group of people who pay no income taxes, pay no propertiy taxes, and just bleed the system with we taxpayers footing the bill. These illegal immigrants make up a large percentage of crime and drug participation. Many have been here ten years or more and still cannot speak English, so they do not assimilate into the general population with a large per cent of their income sent back to Mexico. Although I feel for these people, they are simply breaking a federal as well as state law and bleeding us dry. It has to stop.

    October 26, 2011 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  8. Rick McDaniel

    No they won't........the Feds WANT illegal immigration, and they will do everything they can to prevent Alabama from implementing their law.

    This President refuses to enforce the laws of the land.

    October 26, 2011 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  9. Gwats, Denver, CO

    It's impact is, as more Illegal Mexicans are excluded from acquiring employment in the US, more Americans sitting idle will be able to find work, if they swallow their pride, ad re-enter the workforce as trainees. No work, no reason to migrate. Sounds like a WIN to me!

    October 26, 2011 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  10. Albert

    I really don't see what the problem is. When my family travels to another country even my 8yr old son is supposed to carry his passport, and on top of that its already a federal law in the U.S. for non citizens to carry identification. Although it will hurt the migrant work force in the short term with a properly run work visa program theres no reason farm and labor employers won't have adequate access to a sufficient labor pool thats documented and pay taxes.

    October 26, 2011 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |