Condi Rice Defends Alabama Immigration Law

Former U.S. Secretary of State and Birmingham, Alabama native Condoleezza Rice has defended that state’s controversial immigration law as a response born of ‘frustration’ with Federal failure on immigration reform.

Speaking to the Press-Register, she said of Federal reform:

“We tried for it in 2007 and couldn’t get it done. And I think what we’re seeing in Alabama and the other states is a response to that,” she said. “I certainly understand why they are frustrated. But I don’t think a patchwork of state laws is going to serve us very well. It’s something the federal government is going to have to solve. It’s probably not going to happen in 2012 because it’s an election year. But maybe in 2013 we can get back to a serious conversation about it.”

“I think we need to be really careful about what kind of laws we pass and that, in the effort to get a handle on this problem, we don’t end up making the problem worse,” she said. “The fact is that, generally speaking, this patchwork approach is not serving us well and we need to find a better solution. State laws are just not going to do it.”

But Rice defending immigration itself saying:

“We have to remember that the United States is a place where people want to come and make a better life, and that enriches us as a nation. Immigration actually keeps us from some of the demographic problems that Europe and Japan now have and that China is soon going to have. So the challenge is to establish a common policy that upholds the laws, protects our borders and yet still encourages that enrichment that immigrants bring to us.”

Like Alabama’s Republican Governor Robert Bentley, she was concerned that the law ‘has not helped the state’s image in the eyes of the world.’ But she rejected any comparison of now with the segregated Birmingham she grew up with in the 1950s and 1960s.

“Alabama has a difficult history. We all know that. But anyone who’s visited Alabama in recent years knows that it is a very different state than it was when I was a child. So I don’t think Alabama should be unfairly tarnished because of its history in that regard. We don’t need to revisit the old stereotypes.”

Farmers in Alabama are said to be “in revolt” over the state’s immigration law, saying that it is threatening to deal a lethal blow to crops throughout the state.

According to the Washington Post:

The uproar has exposed political fault lines within the Republican Party, whose vows of support for business have run headlong into its crusade to drive away illegal immigrants, on whom agribusiness relies.

Alabama lawmakers insist that, by driving undocumented workers out, they will open jobs for Americans; the unemployment rate in the state is nearly 10 percent. But farmers say that jobless U.S. workers, mostly inexperienced in field work and concentrated in and around cities, are ill-suited and mostly unwilling to do the back-breaking, poorly paid work required to plant and harvest tomatoes, squash, cucumbers and other crops. Farmers also say that, if they were to raise wages to make the jobs more attractive, as advocates for the new law suggest, crop prices would soar, making Alabama produce uncompetitive.

The law has been attacked in the courts with several sections being declared unconstitutional.

Related stories:

More of Alabama Immigration Law Declared Unconstitutional

The GOP’s Two Faces on Immigration

An Alternative to Alabama’s Direction on Immigration

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Cornelius McHugh
Cornelius McHugh6 years ago

Who will finally rid us of this raddled old ignorant cvnt?

Ernest R.
Ernest R6 years ago

This is not more convincing than her impersonation of a Secretary of State with her many flights around the world which yielded no noticeable result apart from her defence of America’s highly paid and above the law mercenaries, Blackwater. Her sold out life contradicts the theory that the country would be better run by women and is no advertisement for the value of intelligence and education. To get rid of the patchwork of state laws, how about the government of the US enforcing its own laws ? Immigration enriches us ? How much more enrichment can we take with chemically polluted air disappearing essential forests, desperate searches for fuel floods and droughts destroying the country piecemeal and a forecast of NO growth and virtually no job creation for the next Ten years ?
For those farmers facing wasted crops and consumers who fear $10 lettuce heads, contact your representative and DEMAND action to bring in LEGAL farm workers as has even been done in the Great [not}Depressiion.

Cherry M.
Cherry M6 years ago

Hey go, girl!!! I agree with you......

Dave F.
Dave F.6 years ago

Smith’s THE LEGAL WORKFORCE ACT’ (H.R.2885.) The ‘Ways and Means Committee led by Majority Speak John Boehner (R-OH) must adopt the Mandatory E-Verify Bill (H.R. 2885.) and should be bombarded by demanding voters, as never before. Use Google or your favorite search engine, to type NumbersUSA site and read about the terrible consequences of the illegal alien invasion, costs and other statistics. GET ON THESE LAWMAKERS CASES IMMEDIATELY—Call this number at the Washington Switchboard 202-224-3121. You can also fax freely your politicians and those involved with E-Verify and demand action in Congress. YOUR JOBS ARE AT RISK, UNLESS YOU STOP THIS TRAVESTY OF OUR IMMIGRATION LAWS? You can also see the corruption exposed at Judicial Watch, at federal and state level. Never forget that illegal alien’s vote, with Democrats looking the other way; they probably voted in Arizona yesterday? Join the TEA PARTY as we are the American People.

Marie W.
Marie W6 years ago

Alabamans would rather collect welfare, have too many kids and be ignorant than harvest crops.

Frances C.
Frances C6 years ago

Condy why don't you go home. Haven't you done enough damage in the Iraq war? Go visit Bush and Cheney you all can relive your glory days of shock and awe.

Patrick F.
Patrick f6 years ago

Rice is nice....NOT! stupid cow

Avril L.
Avril Lomas6 years ago

Condi appears to want it in both arguments.Flip flopping?No flip flop on the Iraq war!
Seriously unless your name is Sitting Bull or Crazy Horse then you

Nancy Black
Nancy Black6 years ago

If she could support "W" and "Dick: she could support anything. She may have been born black, but she has been removed from that category through laws that helped minorities such as affirmative action. So she can't identify with migrant workers who are willing to do anything to survive.

Catt R.
Catt R6 years ago

PART 2----------------------
But.... I am 57 years old, I have asthma/multiple chemical sensitivity issues which sets some limits on where I can work (certainly not around perfumes of any kind or cleaning chemicals) and also means I am not a girly girl, I do not wear make-up.
I have Fibro Myaliga which limits both the type of work (labor) and the schedule even for sedentary work (my 'sleep window' is about 11 PM to 3 AM) If I must drive (commute) after 9 PM it pushes my 11 back to 12 or 1.... yet I still come awake again at 3AM usually.
I have essential tremor & myoclonus (I shake and jerk), that along with being overweight, and being a little cranky because with no health care my constant pain level is about a 7 and spikes to 8 or 9 often..................... somehow I have not been able to find a job, I went back to school, I have student loan debt to prove it, but it has not helped. ------------------ another thing..... she is right, the food should not be planted and picked by illegals how cruel a country are we that we have been allowing them to come an cripple themselves for slave wages.... and then deport them when their hard labor leaves them broken and unable to work.