Senate Joint Resolution 22 convenes the Joint Interim Patriotic Immigration Commission to conduct a fact-finding study on immigration issues and will recommend a series of specific legislative and executive branch actions to address the influx of illegal immigrants in
"We commend Senator Scott Beason (R-Gardendale) for his absolute commitment to get this bill passed," said Michael Ciamarra, vice president of API and author of the legislation. "We knew a scatter-shot approach of introducing bills here and there with no coherent plan was doomed to fail. We believe the commission approach is inclusive of all stakeholders and can develop thoughtful, clear proposals that all can agree on before the next legislative session begins."
API's recent paper "Proposal to Bring Clarity and A Way Forward to Address Immigration in Alabama" recommended a commission to make sure the right questions are asked, to determine what can work legally, and to promote a logical set of solutions that will result in a rational state immigration policy acceptable to Alabamians.
"Due to deep divisions about amnesty and other provisions of a White House-backed bill, the U.S. Senate failed to address illegal immigration. It is imperative that states come forth with proposals that work and are Constitutional," said Ciamarra. Ciamarra and Senator Beason believe that the Alabama Patriotic Immigration Commission will be a model other states will follow.
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