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. RW89052

    This is not is not a Democrat or Republican issue. We should have had a federal law like this new Alabama law protecting our jobs and governmental resources fifteen years ago when this crap started (even longer in the southwest). It is not un-American to protect our way of life. It is great as a nation to help countries like Mexico, but we should not be over run by people that don't ever respect our most basic laws, such as our Sovereignty as a nation. Illegal aliens cross our boarders like they are making a trip across town. They don’t give the fact that they are illegally entering a foreign country with its own boarders, laws, and customs a second thought. Its time we put a stop to it. No U.S. citizens should be doing business as usual with illegal aliens be it jobs, housing, legal contracts, driver’s and other state and federal licenses, and no government services funds (tax dollars) should be spent on illegal aliens except for to prosecute and deport them. We need to take back our schools, hospitals, and Home Depot parking lots across America. As I said this is not a Democrat vs. Republican issue. This has hurt us all. The Republican business men brought the illegal workers here in the first place and the Democratic politicians are trying to keep them here in hopes that they will vote Democratic because of how lousy their living conditions are. None of that matters now. They just have to go, and no more need to come to the U.S. unless they go through legal immigration channels. If I make a trip to Mexico or Canada I stop at the boarder and identify myself out of respect for their people, their government, and their way of life. The people of Mexico, Central & South America, and Asia need to show our people and our government the same respect. I am a Democrat and am very upset with both parties for how they have handled this issue. As bad as I hate to admit it Pat Buchanan warned against this immigration mess years ago, but leaders in neither party would listen to him. He warned against the United States of America becoming a third world country and nobody seemed care. I don’t agree with Pat Buchanan on much but on this issue he was right on the money.

    June 9, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      RW couldn't have said it better. Too many politicians are fighting the people on this issue. The first thing we need to do is vote them out of congress, senate, city council, & mayors. These are the people who continually fight us on the subject. That doesn't seem to be the will of the people yet they use their power to block these laws that give the state the power to get rid if illegals since the feds refuse to. If you don't stand up and vote them out, we're asking for this to continue. Speak to your friends and families and start taking back to POWER of the PEOPLE!!!

      June 9, 2011 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
  2. gung hoe

    As much as i have worked and liked working with illegal mexicans because they have a better work ethic than americans do i am so behind this law all states need to adopt it or similar asap

    June 9, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • sidejobwarriors

      ONCE THE ILLEGALS ARE IN THE WORK FORCE AND SURROUNDED BY THERE FRIENDS AND OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS THEY GET REAL LAZY JUST LIKE ANY OTHER LAZY WORKER; HERE IN ARIZONA IT TAKES 5 TO ONE UNSKILL WORKERS TO COMPLETE A JOB THAT ONE SKILLED WORKER CAN DO THE SAME JOB; ( BECAUSE THEY ARE TOLD TO LOOK BUSY ALL THE TIME THEY DONT WORK HARDER JUST LOOK BUSY) I KNOW I AM A CONTRACTOR AND HUSBAND OF A MEXICAN WIFE.

      June 9, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jim Davis

    Ppl complain about illegals lives and familys being impacted..... What about the impact on the Ppl the illegals are impacting??? Why are we supposed to remain silent as our schools, hospitals and neighborhoods are impacted !? ENOUGH IS ENOUGH !!

    June 9, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • sidejobwarriors

      amen for arizona

      June 9, 2011 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jim Davis

    It's time for Americans to start calling it like it IS. If you support illegals in our Country, or criticize those of us against illegals being here, YOU are a Traitor of The USA. We must unite to preserve our Sovreignty !!!!! If you want to help them, follow them back across the Border, and help all U want!!!

    June 9, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • sidejobwarriors

      DOUBLE AMEN IN ARIZONA

      June 9, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • AmazingSteve

      Funny, I tend to think the people like you are the traitors. Calling yourself "patriotic" while seeking to destroy all the values my beloved country was built on seems a bit subversive to me. What of it, Jim? Are you a Nazi spy? Or do you swing more along a North Korean ideology?

      June 9, 2011 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • KS-Patriot

      Amazingsteve is an amazing dumbazz....ILLEGAL is ILLEGAL and when you libtards finally come to realization it will be to late so the rest of us patriots have to try and teach you idiots what our system is about....(waits to hear the word "democracy") hahaha

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

      What exactly will you teach us, KS? No need to wait; consider me an eager student.

      Unless it's grammar. You DEFINITELY have no place teaching anyone about grammar.

      June 9, 2011 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  5. JULES

    NOT UNTIL WE "STOP WELFARE" from paying for illegals coming here and having THEIR BABIES free will it get better. IF YOU COME HERE TO AMERICA TO HAVE YOUR BABIES YOUR BABIES SHOULD ALSO BE ILLIGAL ! ! ! NO MORE WELFARE AND EBT.

    June 9, 2011 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • azwayne

      The babies and all related are ILLEGAL, our incompetent Congress don't know how to interpret or enforce our laws. Way too many attorneys in all aspects of our country. They've ruined, business-economy-medical indutry-health costs unaffordable, every aspect of America they have ruined. We should be treating them as they deserve, lowest form of life on earth, remember when we made fun of used car salesmen, now compare that to attorneys. Salesmen have much more respect.

      June 9, 2011 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  6. azwayne

    Thank you Alabama , maybe some other states can grow some and get done what needs to be done. We tried here in Arizona but our RINOS and moderate killed it. We're hoping we get changes or new conservative blood. You're doing the right thing and will be on the road to recovery ahead of everyone else.

    June 9, 2011 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • sidejobwarriors

      IF ALL THE STATES ARE TIRED OF THE ILLEGALS AND PASS LAWS THAT WILL BE INFORCED, MAYBE THE COURTS WILL START TO PAYING MORE ATTENTION TO THE VOICE OF AMERICANS THAT ARE FIGHTING BACK (THE SLEEPING GIANT HAS WOKE UP) AND WE ARE FED UP!!!

      June 9, 2011 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Chris

    Awesome!

    June 9, 2011 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
  8. sidejobwarriors

    THANK YOU GOV BREWER OF ARIZONA AND SHERIFF JOE FOR ALL THAT YOU HAVE DONE FOR THIS COUNTRY,NOW THE REST OF THE US IS STARTING TO WAKE UP ,,,THANK ALL OF YOU

    June 9, 2011 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
  9. sidejobwarriors

    I WAS GUILTY OF HIRING ILLEGALS IN CALIFORNIA BACK IN 86 THRU 88 THEN CALIFORNIA PASS A LAW SAYING THEY WOULD TAKE YOUR CAR OR TRUCK OR YOUR HOUSE IF YOU WERE CAUGHT WITH A ILLEGAL- I WENT HOME AND TOLD PEDRO SO LONG YOU HAVE TO GO AND HE DID GO BACK TO MEXICO,,

    June 9, 2011 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  10. DM

    Stopped "for any reason"....sounds a bit like something that happened to the Jewish folks some decades ago and that was terrible.
    I'd like to know what the government of Alabama is doing to monitor this to avoid more profiling.

    June 9, 2011 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • AmazingSteve

      Making all of them wear an identifying symbol, perhaps?

      Now where did I hear that idea...?

      June 9, 2011 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • sidejobwarriors

      we dont have nazis- we have law enforcment ,police sheriffs, and homeland security, i would like to think they took there oath in good faith.

      June 9, 2011 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • AmazingSteve

      I'd like to think a lot of things. For example, that racism in this country is dead. Doesn't make it true, though.

      June 9, 2011 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
  11. allen

    time to look at some property in Alabama!

    June 9, 2011 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jim Davis

    @ Amazinginly Dumb Steve. Since when is protecting the future for OUR CULTURE being a Nazi ??? And since when did it become American to roll over and let Illegals take all that OUR ppl have built. Ppl like you are COWARDS and NOT WORTHY OF AMERICA. ILLEGAL IS ILLEGAL U DUMB $ hit.

    June 9, 2011 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • AmazingSteve

      Protecting "the future" became Nazism when you ripped the techniques straight from Nazi Germany. And if illegal is illegal, I'm sure you're the first to jump in when people tread on the separation of church and state, or unlawfully discriminate in the workplace. You a big supporter of affirmative action, Jimmy? Because I think it goes a bit too far, but with your hard-line stance on our country's laws, you must be a firm supporter.

      June 9, 2011 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jim Davis

    And @ Amazingly Dumb Steve. The reason you want to SHARE all of OUR COUNTRY is because you have NOT invested your own blood sweat and tears in this Country, or a Business or anything that can be ILLEGALLY taken from you, and U R to dumb to realize there are REAL CONSEQUENCES to your lack of foresight. Just another bleeding heart seeking to make your false generosity public. Your ignorance sickens me and every American that knows we are being SOLD OUT by dummies like YOU.

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

      Tell me, Jimbo:

      What exactly do you like about this country? Surely there must be some reason you value it, besides it being the place of your birth. I, for example, value our free speech, our separation from religion, our right to bear arms (I'll give you that one as a freeby), our judicial system's emphasis on due process and probable cause, our protection from unreasonable search and seizure, the prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment, and the idea of a free market.

      You're so very eager to defend it from the "illegals" that also want to live here, but do you even know what you're defending?

      June 9, 2011 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  14. sidejobwarriors

    dear steve ; now that more americans have been born here and have three generations born here, we have no other country to run to ?? i am french, german,english welsh, and swedish,in my family back ground, i have only one country to call home SWEET HOME and that i will defend till HELL freezes over!!!

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

      Lets just ignore your odd use of question marks, shall we? (that was how a question is phrased, by the way)

      What exactly are you defending, and what are you defending it from? How are you defending it, for that matter?

      June 9, 2011 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  15. sidejobwarriors

    dear steve again; RACISM is learned in the home, i know lincoln freed a lot of people,many many years ago, when was the last time you heard someone say thank you to all the white people that gave there lives to free them??? NO we still here all the bull what happened long ago,,,, GET OVER IT AND STOP BREEDING BULL MY GREAT GRAND FATHERS DIED FIGHTING FOR THOSE PEOPLE AND MANY MORE, SHUT AND GET A LIFE.

    June 9, 2011 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • AmazingSteve

      My great-grandfathers died for this country too, buddy. You don't have a monopoly on dead relatives. The difference, of course, is that I'm still fighting for this country's ideals, while you seek to undermine them.

      And just so we're clear, I don't have any problem with white people just because some of their ancestors owned slaves. That was a long time ago, and I've never been great at the whole self-loathing thing. I have a problem with the people who are racist NOW (that's you, bud).

      June 9, 2011 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
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