Alabama governor signs 'tough' immigration law
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley signed a strict immigration law Thursday.
June 9th, 2011
01:08 PM ET

Alabama governor signs 'tough' immigration law

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley signed a "tough illegal immigration law" Thursday morning, his press office said.

The bill is considered by both supporters and critics to be among the toughest in the nation, even stricter than controversial laws in Arizona and Georgia.

Under the new law, public schools will be required to determine the citizenship and immigration status of enrolling students through sworn affidavits or birth certificates.

Authorities will also be required to detain a person who they believe is in the country illegally if the person cannot produce proof of residency when stopped "for any reason."

Alabama businesses will  be required to use a database called E-Verify to look up the immigration status of new employees. The use of the database was recently endorsed after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on a separate Arizona immigration law.

It will  be illegal for Alabama residents to knowingly give a ride or transport an illegal immigrant or for a landlord to knowingly rent a property to an illegal immigrant.

Cecillia Wang, managing attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union's immigrants rights project, called the bill "outrageous and blatantly unconstitutional" in an interview with The New York Times before Bentley signed it.

Huntsville Times editorial: A law, mostly for Hispanics

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  1. Phil

    Yay for Bama! Wish every other state would follow. We lost our good paying jobs a few years ago to illegals. Hell teens cant even get jobs around here at McDonalds ect, go in there and its nothing but illegals working those jobs these days.

    June 9, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe from CT, not Lieberman

      You lost good paying jobs to illegals because you are in a "right-to-work" state. That means an employer can fire anybody for any reason with or without cause, and hire a replacement worker for lower wages. You also lost even more jobs when the factories you used to have found out it was cheaper to contract work out to factories in China and Indonesia, where silly things like child labor laws, minimum wage, and OSHA don't have any meaning.

      June 9, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • C-Note

      I hope that you don't actually believe this. Most of the illegals in question work for minimum wage or less, doing jobs that most Americans wouldn't want to touch with a 10-foot pole. Your vitriol at losing "good paying jobs" should instead be directed at all the American companies (like Apple) who continue to send potential American manufacturing jobs overseas rather than paying Americans a decent living wage to do them here. This said, I'm all for Alabama's law *especially* the parts which crack down on businesses which employ illegals and lanlords who rent to them.

      June 9, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alexander

      The majority of illegals work in farms, a job that requires hard labor and fast pace. The average American will not apply for those kind of jobs. If you take Georgia as an example, their workforce on farm labor was reduced to 80% due to the new immigration law. This will cause billions of dollars and decrease agriculture because of higher cost in health insurance, higher wages, ect. Immigrant residents may benefit from this, but the owners will not. Which might lead to higher costs in food production and higher prices.

      June 9, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • MIKE


      June 9, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phil

      Im sick of hearing "the average american will not work on a farm" The average american DID work on the farms until illegals came and did it cheaper!

      June 9, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  2. john v

    THANK GOD more states are doing somthing about these people.

    June 9, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • scottprob

      I say john v is absolutely correct.

      June 9, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Gary

    Wow, what have we become?

    June 9, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • a2rjr

      More secure in Alabama.

      June 9, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alex Turner

      The unemployment rate in American 25 and under is 48%. These young Americans would typically work odd jobs, Mcdonalds, construction, landscaping, etc while in school or until they decided what to do with their lives. Now, those jobs are taken by many illegals. What we have become is a country that gave away many good paying jobs to overseas workers and lesser paying jobs domestically to illegal workes. Be as humanitarian and open as you want, but have some common sense about this....we can't sustain this level of job loss, loss of tax revenue, deficits, etc.

      June 9, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • NC Patriot7@e

      Gary, Finally our State and Local Governments are putting American Citizens first. It is a "No Brainer." If you are so concerned about illegal aliens, give up your citizenship and rights to an illegal and leave the country!

      June 9, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gary

      Reading these responses I see what we've become and it's sad really. So much anger, hatred, and resentment. Hatred and spewing hatred to anyone who disagrees with another. Inflexible to others thoughts and opinions. Do you all really think this is best for yourself and our country? If you do, you can't see the big picture.

      June 9, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rosa Parks

      Kids are supposed to be in school, not working. These people say illegals are taking jobs from kids, but I have not seen any business opening after 3pm, when kids come home from school, and I have never seen a Mcdonalds opening during Summer only when kids are off school...

      June 9, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • J G

      A country that actually enforces its laws and restricts illegal immigration?


      June 9, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Newo

      "The unemployment rate in American 25 and under is 48%."
      LOL Alex! Shouldn't you have a little more data here? Under 25 includes people that can't toddlers...
      Also, many, many people under the age of 25 that are old enough to work (about 16, I started working slightly younger at 15) are in school programs that don't need to work. As for myself, I'm a recent college grad age 24 and am typing this from my computer at work. Show me your sources or I'm afraid I have to call BS

      June 9, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. palintwit

    Sounds awesome to me. Now we just need a bill to keep the Palin out of the White House.

    June 9, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • palintwit

      And the little porker off of DWTS.

      June 9, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • trigtwit...America's favorite tard baby.


      June 9, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • a2rjr

      Why are you so intimidated by a beautiful woman who is highly intelligent?

      June 9, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe from CT, not Lieberman

      A2rjr, there is absolutely no proof that Sarah Palin is intelligent, and her attractiveness vanishes as soon as she opens her mouth and incorrectly repeats everything Ann Coulter says.

      June 9, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • trigtwit...America's favorite tard baby.

      a2rjr...I'd rather be locked in a room full of squeaky balloons than have to listen to that shrill, shrieky voice of hers. She's a manufactured politician. Like back in the 60's, the Monkees were manufactured rock stars.

      June 9, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • J G

      Did somebody just refer to Sarah Palin as highly intelligent? bwahahaha.

      I'm a Republican and even I find that hilarious. She's a walking doorknob.

      June 9, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Joel

    Every other country has strict immigration laws, but we are labled ignorant to demand them in our own country. I say, bring on the stricter laws, and let the Liberals cry about it.

    June 9, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe from CT, not Lieberman

      As a Yankee Liberal, I have no problem with strong immigration laws. Unfortunately, none of them target the people really at fault – the employers who encourage their presence by knowingly hire them. However, as most of those are contributing Republicans they will never be prosecuted in any of the states where this is a problem.

      Oh, and just in case the rest of you forgot this – if these folks came from Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands, they are US Citizens by birth. If they arrived from Cuba (regardless of the legality by which they arrived), once their feet touch dry land they are official LEGAL immigrants, even though they may not meet normal requirements for immigration, such as criminal record, no sponsor, no money, etc. On the other hand, most folks from those three places will work their butts off to better themselves and become contributory members of society.

      June 9, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Newo

      Precisely, wouldn't call myself a Lib, but this law could have left it at just punishing the corporations that hire illegals. That would solve the majority of the problem.

      June 9, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  6. D

    I agree that something needs to be done, but the chances of this being enforced??? Zilch...You think the good ole boy network in these small Alabama towns are going to give up their cheap labor? You are kidding yourself if you think so. Its all for show.

    June 9, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  7. jubei3

    The New Jim crow laws!

    June 9, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • ErrolnDC

      I'm african-american, but evoking the "Jim Crow" phrase is just a weak attempt to divide folks along racial lines... You should be a legal resident to work and attend public schools... Why is that so hard to understand???

      June 9, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • J G

      Ummm. No. This just means that taxpayer revenue now goes to actually support taxpayers instead of those who are here illegally and just get a free ride on our nation's dime.

      June 9, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Gary

    If anyone knows about History we have become the worst of our hatred of some of our past enemies...

    June 9, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  9. karmaMan

    Hispanics are the new Majority...all it takes is for one good leader to unite them and the U.S. is in trouble.....

    June 9, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Chris

    Great Job Bama!!!! You have done a great job !!!!! You have my vote!!!! Make these illegals enter the country the right way not the freeloader way!!!!

    June 9, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  11. winter059

    Alabama is going to tell me who I can or can't have in my car? Wow.

    June 9, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • chris

      giving a ride to an illegal immigrant is aiding a criminal!

      June 9, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yes

      You are breaking the law by having an illegal in your vehicle, period. Hell they could even go as far as charging you with trafficing. Good job Alabama!

      June 9, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • save the u.s.

      If you don't like it, then dont live there. It's bad enough our teens jobs are being taken by illegal immigrants, we have to pay for health care and they don't, we have to pay taxes and they don't, we pay for our kids to go to high school and theirs, we recycle our money back into our communities to stimulate our own economy and they send half of their earnings out of the country. Illegal immigrants can receive welfare. There's an estimated 20 million illegal immigrants, you do the math. Illegal immigrants leach off our tax money through government programs, and hardly contribute back to our economy, they just take and take. And if you want to say they do jobs people don't want to and are low paying you are wrong....with this economy anyone would be happy to make a few bucks over nothing.

      What happened to good immigrants, like my parents, who came here legally. Work hard, pay their taxes, pay for everything themselves and dont rely on the govt for anything. They stimulate the economy and are outstanding Americans!!

      Cheers to the governor for finally standing up to dependant illegals.

      June 9, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jung

    It's about damn time Americans started standing up against illegal invasion.

    June 9, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • the truth

      Well seeing as the USA was founded by illegal immigrants that makes a lot of sense. People need to remember that we were violated the rights of the natives who were here first. But immigration laws are needed but some of these being passed are in the wrong direction

      June 9, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marcus

      @ the truth – Jeez, I just love it when people start spouting off about a subject they are obviously clueless about. This country was NOT founded by illegal immigrants. There was not a process to begin legalizing immigrants. They were citizens of other countries (sorry dude, America wasn't a country yet) but still they came here to ESTABLISH a country. They toiled in the harshest of conditions and yet still contributed to their churches and communites with what little they had. They, more than anyone, earned the right to be called American citizens. Not only should it be against the law to live here, work here and not contribute anything to the society that supports you, it should also be illegal for anyone to be allowed access to a computer when they haven't got a clue.

      June 9, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  13. john Moser

    Every country has immigration laws. Try going to Iran, they can jail you for life. This liberal biased CNN "support" the illegal aliens crap is enough to make you sick. They don't pay taxes, they don't obey our laws, remove them.

    June 9, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • VDE

      Move to Iran.... please!!!

      June 9, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Lu

    Hurray! It's way past time for states to take action since the federal government won't. An ILLEGAL is breaking the law of the land. If you or I break the law we have to pay the price.

    June 9, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  15. sherry

    good then all you white welfare collectors can get off your fat lazy ass and do some work finally!!!!

    June 9, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ahren T

      Ummm what? If it weren't for white this place would be just another third world dump where you probably came from instead of the worlds only superpower you racist.

      June 9, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
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