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)

    I hear the ILLEAGL women are good in bed, LETS JUST KEEP THEM HERE AND NOT DEPORT THEM!

    June 10, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Constance Mosezar

      You are a jack- and don't even realize what you read leave with them ignorant

      June 10, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Constance Mosezar

    oh my God we do have people in office that cares what happens to their country I wish this govenor would run for president he would definately have a lot of votes for protecting the nations economy and welfare of his country

    Way to go this 76 yr old loves your gumption

    June 10, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Constance Mosezar

    the last comment i made was for the breeder he is truly a jack-

    June 10, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Name*rey


    June 10, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Steve L

    It's about time! I hate the idiots who always scream racism, etc. This has nothing to do with race, color, or anything else. It has to do with "legal status" only. These people are here ILLEGALLY, in DEFIANCE of our current laws. That is the bottom line. We already have federal laws on immigration, and these "illegals" are in defiance of our existing laws and need to be removed from our country as CRIMINALS.

    June 10, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • SA

      The bill may not have anything to do with racism, but it will still almost certainly cause racism and racial profiling. I don't think you realize all the consequences that this bill could have. My grandmother is a naturalized US citizen. She has been living in the US for over 40 years. Her English is good, but she still has problems with it sometimes and speaks with a Spanish accent. From my understanding of the bill, if my own grandmother were to be pulled over in Alabama and just happened not to have any proof of residency on her person, by law, she would HAVE to be detained, even though she is a legal US citizen, and pays thousands of dollars in taxes each year.

      June 17, 2011 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
    • omotakin

      It is very disturbing that some people reffered to some people as illegal, This country belongs to everybody because those that are calling other folks illegal are they themselvies illegal. Their fathers is an immigrant from another country to begot them here. so there for every body in this country is an immigrant or illegals. The so called illegals builds and shape the economy of this country and if they re pulled out this country is going to be in a serious mess. So live and let others live.

      August 2, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Steve L


    June 10, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ken M

    WHAT don't people understand about the word *ILLEGAL*

    June 10, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Ken M

    3/4's of my family arrived by ship, entered ports LEGALLY. It's not fair to them, who follow the law, to allow entry ILLEGALLY. Steve L is exactly right.

    June 10, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Pete

    Deport each & every last one of them. The common thought throughout the world is the US owes them something. We owe them nothing & it is time we stopped apologizing to the wetbacks & Arabs for being American!

    June 11, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  10. wakethehellup

    It’s sad that a few U.S. citizens don’t recognize the need to enforce our federal immigration laws, but it doesn’t matter now. States are finally stepping up and doing what fed. politicians, labor barons and cheats have refuse to allow, even though the vast majority of U.S. citizens (76%) have been yelling for, for decades now. We are a fair people of many colors and ancestries, but we are not patsys. This four decades old illegal immigration invasion has hurt our legitimate Hispanic U.S. citizens as much, if not more so than the rest of us. Once again, it’s not racism, but nationalism. We want to help Mexicans and others, just not at the expense of ourselves.

    June 11, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Legal Immigrant

    Anyone who does not understand how dangerous Illegal Criminal Invaders should know, as Illegals killed more than 30,000 Americans, by committing crime, causing car crashes etc. It is dangerous for Americans to stop by in some places in California, because they will be robbed. Enforce ALL laws, including Immigration laws NOW!!

    June 11, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  12. James

    sounds like new jim crow...

    June 12, 2011 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
    • wakethehellup

      James, I'm a few dozen generations southern black and was alive when, remember and even experienced Jim Crow. Were you, do you and did you?

      June 12, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  13. win

    The so called "civil rights" groups are a waste of good tax payer funding. If we got the money from our governments that goes to these groups each year, we'd be better off.
    They gnash their teeth and moan when illegal aliens are deported. Such as their ranting about Secure Communities program, their yammering that illegal aliens not convicted of serious crimes are bring deported.
    They are illegal, they are deportable, deport them.

    July 9, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Matt B

    As I write this I am in a self turmoil about Alabamas new law. I can only think of how my own family came to America in the early 1700s, aboard a ship that would in modern day be considered, run by a coyote. We came here for a better and more prosperous life. To be free of a tyrannical government that wanted to control our way of life. I am a white, red blooded American, a republican and a construction worker. I love my country, I support my coutry,
    but I don't see a difference in my own families movement to this beautiful land. I guess I should only be grateful that there were no such thing as border potrol or coast-guard in 18th century Americas.

    July 15, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  15. suckonmymexicanballs

    fuc.k all yall rasict bit.ches what happen the home of the free

    August 26, 2011 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
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