What country is this?

Crowd at public forum in Hoover tells state panel to crack down on illegal immigration – Breaking News from The Birmingham News – al.com

Apparently Hoover has a “Joint Interim Patriotic Immigration Commission”. Or JIPIC, I suppose. Anyway, listen to these people:

Steve Sills of Shelby County said an illegal immigrant from Honduras crashed into his car last year and caused back injuries that forced him to miss months of work.

Because nobody ever got hit by a car driven by a citizen or legal non-citizen, I suppose.

Jane Barton of Jefferson County complained about the difficulties of dealing with non-English-speaking service workers in restaurants and stores and about loud Mexican music blaring from home construction sites.

I almost suspect that “Birmingham News Staff” is having fun by finding people with really petty complaints to embarrass JIPIC. Those damned Mexicans and their salsa music! We’ll see in the paper story in the morning.

UPDATE: Apparently, JIPIC is a statewide thing that was just visiting Hoover.

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9 responses to “What country is this?

  1. Sounds a lot like the complaints that have been percolating around in North Alabama for past two years or so. Just wait till the good citizens of Hoover hear Mayan rappers.

  2. Yes, the JIPIC was created by the legislature last year.

  3. What idiot came up with that name? It’s beyond Orwellian, it’s positively Stalinist.

  4. I’m a little nervous about “interim,” with its suggestion of a bigger, better, even more ‘patriotic’ government body in the offing.

  5. e. nonee moose

    I wonder how many black legislators voted to create JIPIC. Had to be more than a few…

  6. The legislation that provided the commission was created by resolution on unrecorded votes in both houses. It is only allotted $5,000 in expenses.

    It sponsored by Sens. Scott Beason (R-Gardendale) and co-sponsored by about half the senate, including US Senate candidate Vivian Davis Figures (D-Mobile).

  7. The name I’m sure was Beason’s idea. I’m personally automatically turned off by any legislation or resolution with the word “Patriotic” in it now, so I give it an F.

  8. The Interim part does make you wonder if the old State Sovereignty Commission will make a come back or whether there will be a retread of the old Yellow Scare.

  9. e. nonee moose

    Let’s go back in time 40 years and let me rewrite that second quote:

    “Jane Barton of Jefferson County complained about the difficulties of dealing with negro service workers in restaurants and stores and about loud soul music blaring from home construction sites.”

    Oh, heck, let’s rewrite the first one, too.

    Steve Sills of Shelby County said a negro from Detroit crashed into his car last year and caused back injuries that forced him to miss months of work.

    Who needs a Wayback machine? History really does repeat itself!

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