Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Alabama suburb to al-Qaida:
"Bring 'em on!"

The Hoover City Council decided to establish what officials believe is the first municipal homeland security agency in Alabama despite questions over whether the department was really needed or worth the $150,000 cost.

Some suggested that formation of the department might really be a reaction to the growing population of spanish speaking people in the Birmingham suburb. 3.8% of the population is Hispanic, compared to 85.5% who describe themselves as non-Hispanic whites. Mayor Tony Petelos said extensive changes in federal immigration law are expected next year, and he wants Hoover to be at the forefront of implementing the new rules.

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