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Alabama Continues Attack on Undocumented Migrants

May 28, 2012
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Demonstrators protest new laws on undocumented migrants.

The governor of Alabama called a special session of the Legislature to consider changes in the state’s strict immigration law.

The day before the special session, the Legislature passed a new provision requiring the state to publish the names of illegal immigrants every time they appeared in court for any violation of state law.

The governor wanted the lawmakers to repeal this provision and to end the requirement that schools check the immigration status of students.

When they met in special session, the Legislature rejected the governor’s changes. Instead, they went even further by enacting a new section requiring the state to publish photos in addition to the names of immigrants appearing in court.

Although he said he had concerns about the law, the governor signed the bill. He said, “The Legislature did not have the appetite for addressing further revisions at this time.”

The United States Justice Department has sued Alabama, stating that the law is unconstitutional. The fate of the Alabama law is tied to the outcome of the ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court on the restrictive immigration law of Arizona. That ruling is expected in June.

The New York Times

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