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

soundoff (797 Responses)
  1. Joe

    Lets see here, Alabama and Arizona putting the squeeze on these foreign law breakers, look out Texas, their all coming your way!

    June 9, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Tom

    As an Illegal alien from outer space this law is asinine.


    I don't know if the people writing these comments are humor trolls, or if they have brain damage from the air conditioner not functioning in their trailer home.

    June 9, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • TomFoolery

      Naturally you didn't even attempt to discuss the merits of anyone's position. You just ridicule them, call them names, and dismiss, without challenging them on substance, the opinions of others. Standard fare.

      June 9, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Zup

    What happens when an illeagal woman has a baby here who pays for that? what happens when the illeagal cutting your grass gets hurt and needs medical care who pays for that? Working for a small buisiness i would have to pay $400 a month for any kind of decent med benifits im willing to bet if this country had no illeagals it would prob cost about $50.

    June 9, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Bud Ross

    Illegal immigrants get out now you don't deserve to breath my air.

    June 9, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Carlos

    I get the verifying an applicants record and even detaining illegals, but questioning people with no just cause, punishing children that have no choice in the matter and even getting in trouble for giving someone a ride. there is a difference between tough and stupid

    June 9, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Joe

    I see a pattern here, Arizona, Alabama, next Arkansas and Alaska!

    June 9, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • SarahPalin

      Those are four great countries!

      June 9, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. chris

    Whenever I hear some "progressive" "thinker" say that laws against illegals are racist, I offer this query:
    If Germany was on the U.S. border, and the invasion consisted of white, blonde and blue eyed Germans
    would I still be racist for opposing their illegal entry ?

    That question immediately imparts a sense of Reality Vertigo unto the "progressive." Their mouth becomes dry
    knowing that they haven't the right bumper sticker speak answer.

    Try it sometime if you want to see a liberal squirm.

    Another favorite: When a lib talks about multiculturalism, look them in the eye and say, "Oh, you mean the anti white movement?"

    June 9, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • SarahPalin

      Thank you "chris the plumber". Now only 70 million more chris's and I'm in.

      June 9, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. JN

    I guess that once every illegal immigrant leaves the country the department of labor should not have any trouble accomodating everyone that's receiving unemployment with all of those CEO, IT, HR, etc positionis left by the illegal immigrants that have been taking our jobs. I just wonder if fruits and vegetables are still going to be at the same price after a while. we talk about rules and encarcelating these people. Screw the illegal people lets treat them like insects we have plenty of us citizens that are willing to do all of the nasty and physical job for under 7 bucks. lets see the positive impact on the economy! ups I almost forgot! we still spending billions a month to pay for our wars.

    June 9, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Joe

    Why business wants illegal’s –
    1. don't have to pay them what they would have to pay an American citizen
    2. they work long hard hours and are too afraid to complain
    3. if they don't work like a slave they just get rid of them and hire another
    4. they don't have to pay the benefits that they would have to pay an American citizen
    5. they let the taxpayer pay for their government benefits, business for the most part don't pay taxes!
    6. they are getting even for American labor that use to demand a working wage and benefits
    7. they can use them to up keep their gated communities
    8. they can hire 5 illegals for what they would pay an American citizen
    9. they can bribe our government officials to keep this plague as is
    10. they only care about themselves and could care less about our country

    June 9, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • SarahPalin

      We will make illegals our slaves! Now go get me another drink Conswelo!

      June 9, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Joe

    You know how many good construction jobs are being taken by illegals?

    June 9, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • SarahPalin

      I'm going to

      June 9, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Wilson

    Drug test anyone applying for Welfare of any kind: unemployment insurance, Food Stamps, Section 8, Education grants & loans, Small Business Administration loans, Bank Bailouts, Farm Subsidies, etc., etc., ..., Public office

    June 9, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • SarahPalin

      And drug tests for anyone named after a ball.

      June 9, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Joe

    Here they go again,,, we are all immigrants, you are a bunch of racists, Hispanic bashing. The American public doesn't buy it anymore. The plain and simple truth is they are law breaking foreigners in our country and WE THE PEOPLE want them out!

    June 9, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • SarahPalin

      Who is going to watch us rich republicans' kids?

      June 9, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Joe

    Join over 1 million other Legal American Citizens at website NUMBERSUSA against these law breaking illegal foreigners!

    June 9, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  14. SarahPalin

    I'm not a racist! Heck I don't even drive fast.

    June 9, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  15. SUEPY

    This WAS the law when my family came the the USA,we followed the rules and so shouls every one else.I also raised two Marines by myself...if the people who dont mind supporting these people go right ahead,I am having a hard time taking care of my own.

    June 9, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • SarahPalin

      It's about time those Marines take care of themselves. When I'm president, I'm going to make sure Marines can take care of themselves. Semper Pie!

      June 9, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
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