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. chris

    what a GREAT law!!! the ACLU and go play with themselves! or better yet they can go help Patti LaBelle......such a reputable person will need their help for beating up a US soldier

    June 9, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  2. pete

    Will the rent law finally clean up Foley?

    June 9, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jose

    As a Hispanic in this country, I think these kinds of laws are actually very good for the exploration of what the consequences might be. That these laws are targeted are a mostly powerless people is matter of who cares or who doesn't. Can this be positive? If these people feel that they are better off becoming citizens of the country, yes it is better. but what I want to know is what this does to the agrarian economy in the south.

    June 9, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anna in Dallas

      The problem with these laws is that no one, citizen or not, carries citizenship papers with them. And when you become a citizen, they send you ONE letter stating you are now a citizen, and a disclaimer. Don't loose this it's the only one you will ever get.

      Should we all get US passports and carry them everywhere to prove we belong??

      June 9, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • john

      Jose, I think you are missing the point. Try going to Mexico, Canada, Jpan, Germany, France illegally, see what happens to you. Every nation has laws on who can enter their borders. I pay taxes, illegal aliens DON'T. We are sick and tired of paying for services to people that DON't OBEY OUR LAWS. The law is th elaw, get over it.

      June 9, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Duane W

      Anna, when you become a citizen you then can receive a State ID or License to show your a citizen which all citizens carry.....stop being so dramatic

      June 9, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • JennyBoBenny

      Non-citizens can get driver's licenses too. It doesn't really prove anything.

      June 9, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Paul

    The American Civil Liberties Union has done more damage to this country than any other single organization. It is nothing more than a bunch of spoiled attorneys thinking they can make the legal system do whatever they want it to do. And, because everyone is so scared of what "others" will think of them, the ACLU gets away with it.

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

      Spoken like a strong member of the master race.

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

      Yes, shame on them for protecting the rights of the minorities from the angry mobs and for trying to make the government live up to the idea of respecting people's rights. SHAME!

      You sound scared.

      June 9, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Wayne

    It's about time! I don't mind legal immigrants, but ILLEGALS should be deported and thier children SHOULD NOT be granted citizenship!

    June 9, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Embarassed

    Racist law. Alabama does not have that huge illegal population. In fact, only 1% of illegals reside in Alabama. But what else to expect from the state who bombed black churchs, Jim Crow lays, segregation, Selma, etc...

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

      As a hispanic person I don't think this law is racist. I Agree with the law even if it means I have to carry my US passport with me at all times. It is about time we stop paying with our taxes for those who do not pay taxes.

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

      I totaly agree with your comment, it is an abusulate disgrace.

      June 9, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cedar Rapids

      'Hispanic – as a hispanic person I don't think this law is racist'
      Well I hate to tell you but I can guarantee you that every person posting what a great law this is would never spot you in the street and think 'there goes a US citizen', instead they will spot you and think 'he is probably here illegally'

      June 9, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      How is the law racist if it doesn't affect anyone? You said so yourself this will at most affect 1% of the population.

      June 9, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Duane W

      How is this law racist? It isn't saying target black, target Hispanics, target whites.....it is to get those here illegally moved out. But you cannot see the law for what it is and pull the racism card because you know the law is right

      June 9, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cedar Rapids

      'Duane W – How is this law racist? It isn't saying target black, target Hispanics, target whites'
      Oh come on, we are all adults here, lets be honest. Which group of US citizens are going to be stopped the most and asked to show their ID? Dont try to pretend this is an equal opportunity for stopping law.

      June 9, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • alamandy

      "Alabama's Hispanic population grew 145 percent between 2000 and 2010, the nation's second-largest percentage growth in that time, according to analysis of U.S. Census numbers released Thursday by the Pew Research Center. "

      http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2011/03/alabama_hispanic_population_gr.html

      June 9, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Barry

      Yahoo wrong. Alabama has millions of illegals. Give a source if you are going to lie.

      June 9, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wrong Barry

      @Barry – millions? Last I checked Alabama has a population of 4.7 million. Millions (emphasis on the plural) would imply over half the state is illegal. Don't call someone a liar when you are clearly ignorant

      June 9, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chanda

      Alabama doesn't have a huge illegal immigrant population? Have you ever BEEN to Alabama? I live here, and my home county has been totally overrun by them. There are already some schools in the county that are now over 50% Hispanic. They cost our state over $120 million a year, which for us is a huge amount, especially considering that now our education system has such a large budget deficit that they're closing smaller schools and merging their students into larger schools miles away. I just moved out of a rental property, and my landlord rented that house to a Guatemalan family. It was a 3-bedroom house that now has at least 10 people living in it. There are usually about 7 vehicles parked outside every time you drive by. Every time you go grocery shopping they are there with about 4 or 5 little kids each, and pregnant again, loading up their carts & paying with WIC and Food Stamps. Don't talk about the situation in Alabama unless you've seen it for yourself.

      June 9, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Debra

    Way to go ALABAMA!! Now if someone will figure out how to get them off of government assisted programs, such as medicaid, food stamps, healthcare, etc. Also, change laws regarding citizenship – just because you are born here does not make them citizens of the United States – the parents also need to be LEGAL TAX PAYING citizens too.

    June 9, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rosa Parks

      Yes, that shoul apply to you and your family as far back as when your grandpapa arrived from Ukraine...

      June 9, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cedar Rapids

      Well I am here legally and I pay taxes but Im not a citizen, does that mean my son that was born here shouldnt be a citizen? How about the fact his mother is American? does he count now?

      June 9, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      Cedar, under his rules you would be fine. I'm not saying they're good rules, but you're argument isn't valid.

      June 9, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cedar Rapids

      'Matt – Cedar, under his rules you would be fine. I'm not saying they're good rules, but you're argument isn't valid.'
      I was replying to Debra who apparently wants to also change the law so that only kids born to parents (plural) that are legal tax paying citizens should be allowed citizenship.

      June 9, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • CuriousClintonian

      @Cedar Rapids, if you son's mother is an American citizen, then yes her child is an American citizen. If you are here legally, have a green card or in the process of naturalization, you should be as for this law as any natural/legal citizen. You are hurt by all of this too, why should you pay taxes because you did everything right when they don't and didn't?

      June 9, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. deevamom

    Whose next all the blacks and other foreigners. Some of the politicians in these states wont be satisfied until America is all white Anglo Saxon

    June 9, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ahren T

      What don't you get moron, it has nothing to do with race and everything to do with being illegal, and don't give me that crap about we stole land from the indians. Crossing the Bering Strait into North America does NOT make you native!

      June 9, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  9. bookldy209

    We cannot continue to support illegal immigrants. In my state of California, fully half of imprisoned felons are from Mexico costing the taxpayer 40K plus a year while we cut funding for schools and public safety. Balance this with an intelligent amnesty program for those who have been working here and paying taxes. It's not like many of our own children are going to work in the fields even though it might be a good experience for them. Good for you, Alabama. California – are you paying attention? There's now a serious precedent.

    June 9, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  10. SaveAmericanJobs

    Even non immigrant visa holders are working illegally. Someone who is on tourist visa or business visa are working in big corporates which is against the law. No wonder we have very high unemployment rate. We should crack down all work visa holders also if they are violating rules. Check employees of all consulting companies to find out work visa holders and check if they are following visa norms.

    June 9, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Edward Blum

    The American Civil Liberties Union is protesting this? Why??? Why not call themselves the Illegal American Civil Liberties Union?

    June 9, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cedar Rapids

      I would say they are protesting about the bit that anyone stopped for any reason can be asked to show their papers and they realize that this means that hispanic citizens will be targetted more than others simply because of the color of their skin.

      June 9, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      No, it targets people that can't provide a license when pulled over. Use your brain. Think. I know it's hard but try it.

      June 9, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cedar Rapids

      'Matt – No, it targets people that can't provide a license when pulled over. Use your brain. Think. I know it's hard but try it.'

      except for the whole 'ask to see ID when stopped for whatever reason bit'

      June 9, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • CuriousClintonian

      @Cedar Rapids, this is Alabama we're talking about, Canadien or Muslim's would be asked also, eh?

      June 9, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  12. manny

    They took our jobs!

    June 9, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Zeus

    huzzah! i can't wait for my state to take it up

    June 9, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Cesar The Chorizo Champ OF Chihuahua

    Too late. Those pepper bellies have over run us. Thanks business owners for making it worse.

    June 9, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Dave in DC

    The ACLU will sue, but these are the same people suing Florida over requiring mandatory drug tests for welfare recipients. If I were an immigrant trying to get legal status, the ACLU is the LAST group I'd want on my side.

    June 9, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
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