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Alabama Anti-Immigration Laws Prove Unpopular

April 16, 2012
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Last year Alabama passed a law aimed at undocumented migrants. The laws were unpopular with business groups and opposed by advocates for migrants.

The law said:

  • public schools must check the residency status of new students
  • undocumented migrants could not go to public colleges
  • renting property to undocumented migrants is unlawful
  • the police must check immigration status after any traffic stop

The new bill eliminates those provisions.

However, the new law increases from 10 to 60 days the suspension of business licenses for companies hiring undocumented aliens.

Federal courts had already overruled several of the law’s provisions.

The governor of the state said, “The essence of the law will not change. Anyone living and working in Alabama must be here legally.”

On April 25, 2012, The United States Supreme Court will hear argument about a similar law in Arizona. The court is expected to rule on the case by June. The ruling will affect other states passing anti-immigration laws.

The New York Times


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