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. American Empire

    Forget the talk about race. Do you people really want a government that can detain you because you do not have your ID on you? Do you really want to go to prison because you gave someone a ride? Are they going to have a death penalty for bus drivers? Regardless of the immigration implications this law is tyrannical.

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

      Please...I have to show my ID. If you have nothing to hide it should not be a problem. Do what Pres. Eisenhower did after WWI "Operation Wetback". Look it up before you yell. It was actually named that. Men coming back from war couldn't find work. The economy was bad. Thousands of illegals were removed from the US and the economy recovered. Common sense...the national debt is high, employment is high (our president) but also because illegals take and take. Our taxes are paying for these anchor babies and parents who give NOTHING back to our economy. THE NATIONAL LANGUAGE IS ENGLISH>>>>>>

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


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  2. Truthwillsetyoufree

    Hispanics will make this country a giant tacky strip mall, trailer park looking place with 25 cars in the yard at all times. One giant leap backwards. if the wide open door is not shut and handled legally.

    June 9, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stoopid Iz Az Stoopid Duz

      Right, because white trash never have any of that in front of their trailer parks?

      June 9, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • gen1

      Like that doesn't alerady happen with non Hispanics huh?

      June 9, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Patel

    Check all hotels, motels, gas stations etc. to crack down on illegal immigrants.

    June 9, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Stoopid Iz Az Stoopid Duz

    What proof does the police officer have to have in order to "believe" the person is in the country illegally? "Looks like a foreigner, sounds like a foreigner...must be illegal." These laws are just there to make white people feel superior (please note I say this as a white educated male).

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

      Not being able to speak English might be a give away

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

      I think you mean as AN educated white male.

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

      I have to question how you could call yourself "educated" but be unable to tell that these guys are illegal aliens.

      June 9, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  5. F***Y** Alabama

    Lets all legal and ilegal immigrants go on strike and stop the state that beat blacks

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

      you should do that but obviously they didnt beat them hard enough cause they still dont know how to behave.

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

      You are living 50 years in the past. This is 2011, not 1965. Move on for Christs sake.

      June 9, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  6. guest208

    I'm all for E-verify and schools determining immigration status because everyone is subject to it. But detaining people becuase of the way they look? How about E-verify for EVERYONE arrested or trying to get a license?

    June 9, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  7. andy

    I think this move is wonderful. I don't care if the immigrants come here legally. That is great. I fully agree with and support these tight immigration laws. the aclu needs to remember what side of the game they are on. They work for the americans not the immigrants.

    June 9, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Casey

    This country was founded by immigrants from Europe. Unless you are Native American your ancestors were illegal at one point or another. It is sad that to this day we continue to have people like Phil whom presumes a persons status base on their appearances. No one should if they have morals and educations presume that all whites are red necks all blacks africans and if you look hispanic illegal in the USA. If anything learn some history, find out whom was living in this continent first. Here is the answer Native Americans. Yes illegal immigration is an issue our Gov't needs to tackle however remarks by people whom can't see beyond their window need to educate themselves on a subject or you stan to look like a fool.

    June 9, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jesse

    Why can't I give someone a ride? What if he wanted a ride back to his country of origin so that he wouldn't be illegal any longer? What if he needed a ride to the hospital?


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

      As soon as your mother gives you a birth, you are legal..Sometimes it is a feel-good factor that makes some smart people to decide that u are illegal.

      June 9, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  10. RC

    Cecillia Wang, attorney for the ACLU, is a compete idiot. Why would she sue a state over something that has been established as US law. I think the ACLU should just go away.

    June 9, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Justified

    Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer give 'em hell Alabama!

    June 9, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  12. mary

    most of the jobs that these workers do are not being done by Americans, why because they don't pay enough. Americans are spoiled. Most jobs we have are not that hard to do but do what the mexicans or whatever other persons that are here without papers do and again the Man won't pay even a decent salary to feed anyone's family. So who's gonna do these jobs? You?

    June 9, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  13. InZane4all

    Wow I can't believe the amount of people buying into this propaganda. Is EVERYONE so blind and brainwashed that they fail to see that the U.S. is the new Nazi Germany and that illegal immigrants will become the new "jews" being persecuted by the government? I'm all for making changes for immigration reform but this country is heading towards a path of being the number one enemy to this planet. We are constantly being blinded by the media, elected officials and newspapers. Look beyond what the media tells you and you will discover the truth. The truth will soon be revealed. Welcome to the 4th Reich people (sigh.......).....

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

      Yeah, I'm sure Alabama will be opening up conentration camps next week. Give me a break.

      June 9, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Rosa Parks

    " Land of the (show me your papers) and Home of the (show me your I.D.)

    June 9, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  15. GailScott

    It's amazing what white people will do to prevent becoming minorities—this law will only delay the inevitable.

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

      Why is it just white people? I think that there are plenty of people from other races who don't enjoy their hard earned tax dollars going to support illegal immigrants. Why should they get a free ride?

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

      If you're black you probably have more to loose. Being the 2nd largest minority makes you basically irrelevant.

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

      You're probably right Guester, but the difference is that I'm not threatened by being the 2nd or the 22nd minority.

      June 9, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
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