This time it was a Japanese employee of Honda Manufacturing of Alabama who was intercepted by a law enforcement officer.
Honda released a statement confirming an employee had been ticketed under the state’s immigration law.
Unlike a German employee of Mercedes who was arrested recently — who was stopped for driving a car with no license plates and who had no driver’s license or passport with him — Honda’s employee had both an international driver’s license and his passport, and simply stopped at a routine driver’s license checkpoint.
It was not clear how he ran afoul of the immigration law or which agency issued the citation.
These incidents threaten the state’s efforts to recruit foreign-based industries and provide more fodder for late-night comedians.
Alabama’s law has its flaws, to be sure, but critics of the state law haven’t gone far enough in placing the blame where it belongs. In 1986 under President Reagan, the federal government granted amnesty to 3 million illegal aliens, with the promise to the people that there would be tighter border security and strict penalties on employers for hiring undocumented workers. That didn’t happen.
Now, 25 years later, there are an estimated 15 million illegal aliens in the country and little indication that the federal government has any plans to control entry.
The United States has a very good set of laws on the books regarding immigration. They’re not helpful if they’re not enforced.