Monday, March 12, 2012

Snoopy on hold because of Alabama immigration law

A Pelham, Alabama, high school put its production of "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" on hold because it had difficulty getting a sworn statement from Tams-Whitmark Music Library, a New York City licensing house, that it does not knowingly employ illegal immigrants. The sworn statement is required of all companies doing business with state or local government to provide the statement before purchases can be made.
You can argue that Pelham High School teachers went too far, and the student actors are the ones paying the price, but the teachers were just trying to comply with Alabama's "toughest in the nation" immigration laws.
"We have mailed forms to every vendor we do business with trying to determine whether they have operations in Alabama," said Cindy Warner, a spokeswoman for Shelby County schools.  "We've probably sent 8,000."
Alabama's public school systems are being required by state government to cut budgets and trim expenses. Really?  What is Alabama's immigration law forcing them to do?  Can you say "government mandate"?

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