Alabama, along with a number of other states including Georgia, Utah, Kentucky, Mississippi and more, has followed Arizona's lead to crack down on illegal immigration. Governor Robert Bentley signed a law today that deals with the issue head on. The Alabama law will allow school officials to check immigration status in addition to allowing police to inquire about immigration status after a crime has been committed by an individual.
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has signed a tough new law cracking down on illegal immigration.
The bill signed Thursday allows police to arrest anyone suspected of being an illegal immigrant if they're stopped for any other reason. It also requires public schools to determine students' immigration status and makes it a crime to knowingly give an illegal immigrant a ride. Alabama employers are now required to determine if any new worker is in the country legally.
Bentley, a Republican, says he campaigned on passing the toughest anti-illegal immigration bill possible. He predicts the new law will pass court review.
The ACLU has said they plan on challenging the law and has said this is the toughest legislation in the country. I'm sure the Obama Justice Department will quickly follow.