In the last few years, States such as Arizona, Utah, Georgia, and Indiana have all passed illegal immigration laws. The latest state to pass an immigration bill is Alabama. HB 56 is 72 pages long, and was passed in June, 2011. The new law took effect on September 1, 2011. This paper focuses on three of the most talked about provisions in the Alabama illegal immigration law, although the many lawsuits filed consist of other provisions that are included in the law. Labeled as the toughest immigration law thus far, this law would affect illegal immigrates who are stopped for traffic violations, the education system, and employment. The controversy surrounding this law has those who are for, and those who are against Alabama’s immigration law speaking out. There have been several filings of complaints, briefs, and law suits from civil rights groups, religious groups, sixteen nations, and the Obama administration. The blockings and challenges from local judges and the Justice Department continue to play out as the people of Alabama wait the final decision.
Governor Robert Bentley, who signed bill HB 56 into law on June 9, 2011 expressed confident it would withstand any legal challenges. “We have a real problem with illegal immigration in this country,” he said. “I campaigned for the toughest immigration laws, and I’m proud of Legislature for working tirelessly to create the strongest immigration bill in the country.” (Johnson, Bob. Lewiston Morning Tribune, Idaho, 10, June, 2011. 1) The bill approved was by an overwhelming 73-28 vote. Representative Micky Hammon, says the bill “attacks every aspect of an illegal alien’s life. (Tragone, Adam. “Alabama Lawmakers OK Arizona-style Immigration Law.” Human Events 67.15 (2011):6. This is because other provisions have been written into Alabama’s new law such as,... [continues]
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