Auburn residents were supposed to hear the Holland Wind Players tonight but U.S. officials refused them entry into the country for some crazy paperwork reason. It is hardly an unusual thing these days. Traveling across borders is strictly a permission-only activity, and state officials are quick to say no. Even if everything seems fine, anyone can be refused at the last instant, merely for giving a vague answer on a question or for not having contacted the correct bureaucracy in advance. The U.S. is among the worst places in the world at this point, so it is just a bit disingenuous for people to condemn Alabama’s own war on undocumented workers; the state is only following the nation trend. Of course it is a classic case of shooting yourself in the foot, insofar as economic health goes. Farmers are already panicked. If all the undocumented workers (who do most of the farm work, tile work, bricking, street building, housing work, repairs, infrastructure upkeep, etc. etc.) leave, I have no idea who is going to replace them. This whole move is going to have terrible economic repercussions.
The OA News today, with savvy eye to irony, also runs a story on how Dayton, Ohio, sees a market niche in inviting immigrants to the state. Ohio’s gain is Alabama’s loss.