After a ruling that upheld the new anti illegal immigration law in Alabama, several school districts have reported high levels of absenteeism among Hispanic students. In Montgomery County alone over 200 Hispanic children were missing from classes this morning, and similar percentages were being seen across the state.
Just a quick question for those of you who might think this is a good thing: What would you prefer teens do with their time, attend school and get an education (such as it is in Alabama...) or amuse themselves while their parents work on your farms and in your poultry plants? Would it surprise anyone if crime rates increase along with the exodus with the students from classes?
Not to suggest that Hispanic kids are any more prone to criminal behavior than any other ethnic group, but that society is better served when children and teens are busy in school rather than left to their own devices for the better part of the day.
There were also reports that farms and factories that depend on migrant labor were facing sudden shortages of workers. Someone in the Montgomery statehouse should make a phone call to the agriculture department in Georgia and ask them how that anti-immigration legislation worked out for them over there...
The troglodytes who push this kind of legislation have the support of a lot of people who should know better. I'm afraid they'll be reminded of the backlash of unintended consequences.