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Alabama Lawmakers Overhauling Problematic Immigration Law

By April 12, 2012

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Alabama legislators are scrambling to pass major revisions to the state's immigration law which has caused a dazzling array of problems since taking effect last year.

While many of the law's key measures would still remain in place, some of the most onerous requirements are on the table for revision.

Under the current law, police are required to check the immigration status of individuals they stop or suspect are in the country illegally. Under the revised law, police would only check the status of those who are arrested or cited for a traffic violation.

Another change would soften the requirement that people produce documents to show they are in the country legally. The revised requirement limits that to people who are applying for driver's licenses, vehicle tags or professional licenses.

State school officials already have backed away from status check requirements for students.

Called "Arizona on steroids," the Alabama law has cost the state millions in economic damage, according to agriculture and manufacturing groups. Immigrant activists blame the law for driving immigrants underground and damaging relations between ethnic communities and law enforcement.

And the law has also been a source of embarrassment. Several prominent immigrant business people were detained by police while working here legally.


April 12, 2012 at 9:52 am
(1) FACE-IT says:

it’s always, first things, first … Issue #1 – illegal immigration http://bit.ly/GFxhUJ

April 15, 2012 at 12:16 am
(2) Henryk A. Kowalczyk says:

FACE-IT face it, we do not have legal immigration. Allow legal immigration and all illegal immigrants will disappear.

Government controlled immigration means government controlled economy, it is pure socialism; it never worked anywhere else, it does not work here.

With government controlled economy, the black market is always one sure result – we have illegal immigration.

Do you want to take on my bet with Mr. Romney?

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