Time to Play: "Papers, Please! Papers! Have Your Papers Ready!"
Let's play a fun, fun game that they will start playing in Alabama starting in September. Look at this picture.
Three people having a perfectly lovely time at a California restaurant. They head out and along the way, they decided to pick up a fourth person.
Now, let's say these four people drive to Alabama together after Sept. 1. They are pulled over by the police because the young man forgot to turn on his left turn signal. And let's say the four people are not dressed quite as nicely as they are in these pictures.
The cop gives us the once over...
Now... which of these four people is least likely to be asked to show proof that he or she is a citizen of the United States of America?
Take your time.
Under the new law, signed by the Governor of Alabama yesterday, it will be illegal to give three of these people a ride, to give three of these people a job, to allow the children of three of these people into public schools, or to rent an apartment without showing proof of citizenship.
Three of these people, whenever detained by the police for any reason in the state of Alabama, could be required to show that they were either born in the US or are here legally. If they don't have their papers, they could face deportation.
Who are these four people? In order of appearance...
1. William M. Schmalfeldt, Jr.
3. Nina G. Schmalfeldt
4. Marilynn L. Schmalfeldt
Yes. It's me with three of my children from my second marriage. Not adopted kids. MY kids, from my loins (ick!) produced by myself and my second wife, a second-generation American citizen with natural born American Mexican parents. Oh, I'm just a nice old WHITE guy who wouldn't hurt a FLY! But these three MEXIKIDS!!! They MIGHT be in Alabama to grab one of them high-paying tomater pickin' jobs that are so highly valued.
The new law in Alabama makes THEM second class citizens. You know damn well cops aren't going to make a practice of asking relatively normal looking white guys for THEIR citizenship papers. But my children, all of whom were born in the State of California, will be required to carry PROOF of their citizenship.
Now. You tell me.
In what universe is that RIGHT?