Navarrette: Alabama is the new...Alabama

"This is how bad it has gotten in Alabama: A Mexican consulate official in Washington who is monitoring the fallout from the state's tough new immigration law told me recently that, as school administrators were initially trying to determine the legal status of students, some principals were going into elementary-school classes and telling kids: "Raise your hand if you weren't born in the United States." Imagine a 6-year-old sitting there - unsure of whether to raise his hand because he's afraid his mother and father might get deported. What is happening to my country? I was born here, as were my parents and three of my grandparents. Yet, sometimes, I hardly recognize the place." - Ruben Navarrette Jr., Oct. 19, 2011.