Honda worker's immigration charges dropped in Ala.

AP News
Posted: Dec 01, 2011 8:46 PM
Honda worker's immigration charges dropped in Ala.

A judge has dropped immigration and driving charges against a Japanese employee at a Honda car plant in Alabama, the second foreign auto worker who had been charged under a new state law against illegal immigration.

The worker, whose name wasn't released, was stopped by Leeds police at a license checkpoint on a highway Monday night.

Police Chief Byron Jackson says the man showed police an international driver's license, a valid passport and a Social Security card that allowed him to work in the U.S. But under Alabama's new law, called one of the country's toughest, he was required to carry either an Alabama license or a license from Japan.

Jackson says a municipal judge dismissed the case Thursday when the man's attorney presented his Japanese driver's license in court.