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. Robert C

    Excellent! When is New Jersey going to get one of these laws? Everyone says that Chris Christie is so tough. Lets see him go after blatant law breakers instead of harrassing state workers who are stuck having to deal with them.

    June 9, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jon

    My wife and I are LEGAL immigrants in the US and we pay through the nose to live here. We pay hundreds and hundreds in application fees and thousands for immigration lawyers as well as the same payroll, income and property tax that everyone else here legally pays.

    Laws like those in the aritcle make us happy that we live here legally and work and pay our taxes on time. Those who shun the system cost the US. Pay your way illegals...!!!!!!11

    June 9, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rosa Parks

      and you will be stopped and asked to show your papers because of the color of your skin....

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

      Your posting shows your ignorance. The IRS and the SSA both have confirmed time after time that a large portion of the illegals do pay income/social security taxes. Were it now for their tax payments, SSA would have been bankrupt years ago.

      June 9, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • save the u.s.

      Cheers!!!

      If you have nothing to hide then show your papers.

      Rosa you are an idiot. It's for the good of our country. White, black, yellow, dark, illegal means illegal. Stop turning it into a race issue.

      June 9, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • dwaynel

      I love to see law abiding immigrants expressing what most know to be true! Illegals hurt this country and it's completely unfair to those who come here and follow the laws. They all need to be rounded up and deported immediately.

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

      'Rosa you are an idiot. It's for the good of our country. White, black, yellow, dark, illegal means illegal. Stop turning it into a race issue.'
      She turned it to a race issue because it is one. You and I both know what group of US citizens will be stopped the most and asked to prove they belong here simply because of the colour of their skin or their accent.

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

      @Rosa Parks – Oh please, get off the cross we need the wood. The laws require proper proof of residency or citizenship to enroll in school and prohibits hiring illegal aliens. Do you really need something to cry about so badly that you create a race issue where none exists? Your stupidity is nauseating.

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

      @Jon, you are an idiot! These rogue governors are just wasting your tax dollars by signing these stupid racist laws. They get shot down by the Feds when challenged, yet more money you legal tax payers have provided. Our Federal Government needs to do something, good bad or otherwise in respects to immigration, not just turn a deaf ear.

      June 9, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • dumb duck

      WHEN YOU GET PULLED OVER YOU ARE SUBPOSE TO SHOW YOUR DRIVER LICENSE NO MATER WHAT COLOR YOU ARE. OH U DONT HAVE ONE THAT MEANS, ONE YOU SHOULDN'T BE DRIVING AND SECOND YOU SHOULD BE HERE. ALSO YOU ARE REQUIRE TO HAVE ID ON YOU AT ALL TIME ALSO DOSENT MAKE WHAT COLOR YOU ARE.

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

    Alabama...a state where they like the letter K so much that they repeated it two more times.

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

      Thank you for vividly demonstrating bigotry.

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

      I'm glad you think so. If that opinion keeps you out of our state, then I hope you keep it.

      June 9, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Rosa Parks

    " Congradulations to Robert Bentley for being the KKK employee of the month."

    I'm with you on that...

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

      @ Rosa Park. Somebody needs to protect our borders. What's your solution? Open Borders! Get back to the end of the bus.

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

      @Arpaio, what is your solution???? I didn't see you provide one, but boy you were quick to discriminate. This isn't a decision that can be handled at the local level. Your president and the morons in congress need to do something, not just point the finger and provide empty promises at election time.

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

      NO i LIKE THE BACK OF THE BUS JUST GET OFF

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

      Rosa Parks, Your an idiot.

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

    I guess everyone that supports illegal immigrants thinks we should just open the borders wide open and let everybody in.

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

      Nope but how about giving ICE the resources to do a half way good job of processing immigration applications? How about establishing some kind of fair process whereby all of the illegals can pay their share of taxes?

      June 9, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  6. KyleGlobal

    So can I ask how many of you who are supporting this also support a national ID card proving citizenship that you must carry on you at all times and submit to authorities upon their request at any time? That's really the only way of enforcing it without detaining almost everyone stopped and asked. A driver's license is not proof of US citizenship as non-citizens are also eligible for them. International students (who contribute billions of dollars to our economy), international business people, tourists...do they all need to carry papers at all times to provide to the government?

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

      Yes, actually by federal law all imigrants are required to carry their passport and visa at all times to prove status.

      June 9, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • KyleGlobal

      Actually, a visa stamp can be expired and the person still be here in perfectly legal immigration status.

      June 9, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Deb

      For those of you saying you don't want to have to produce an id card proving your an American citizen I say what's the big deal? I'm fine with that, give me the card I don't mind. Only people with something to hide would mind this. Police already ask for id, so what if it's another form of id?

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

      @Deb, you are a moron and I can guarantee you that you would the first one to sue for discrimination when you get asked for your id. Hey, why don't we all change our way of thinking to be more like Deb's and have bar codes stamped on our foreheads at birth?!

      June 9, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Robert

    They also made it "illegal" Germans to accommodate or transport Jews after the latter was stripped of their citizenship.

    June 9, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. tommy

    You Go Bentley!! Finally a Governor with a spine that is willing to do the right thing for this state!

    June 9, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  9. palintwit

    We're keeping the be@ners out. Let's keep the Palins out as well.

    June 9, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ag

    Reminds of communist regimes. What comes next? Labor camps?

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

      Please explain? Every country in the world has immigration laws 100 times stricter than we have here. Try going to Mexico without the right papers and see what happens to you!

      June 9, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  11. cbchs5744

    no americans want to do this work? youre crazy every construction company in the state has hundreds of applications from citizens . when the pilgrams pride chicken proccessing plant opened there was a line of about 400 "americans" standing in line

    June 9, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  12. bird67

    To stupid is .You are a compleat nut , It is the illegal people in this country we want out . The people that are brakeing the laws I sure as hell do not want them here. Most of them live in trash and litter. That is the way they will live here. If you do not believe that , go thru any neighborhood they live in !!!!! you come too the USA , speak english obey our laws, or get the hell out!!!!

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

      "compleat'? "braking"? Want to see stupid? Look in the mirroring

      June 9, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amberbrown

      @bird67...speak English or get out? Would this apply to you as well? Complete idiot, probably from Alabama too.

      June 9, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Tom

    Good for you Alabama!!!!! Lets keep this going through all the states!!!!

    June 9, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Upton

    For everyone complaining that making someone produce 'papers' showing they are legal... how is this any different from producing a drivers license. I will happily carry around another proof of citizenship, just like having a drivers license to prove that I am PROUD to be a LEGAL citizen of this country.

    All others get the hell out... don't care what color you are. White, black, purple, green or brown or blue. Legal or leave

    June 9, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Haaaaha

      That should be made retroactive to when Europeans started showing up on our shores. NONE OF YOU BELONG HERE.

      June 9, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  15. veenessa

    u know back in the day it was different for mexicans. my grandparents came here legally with work visas and applied for citizenship. they learned english and did whatever they could to keep their minimum wage jobs. now all i see are a bunch of lazy asses on welfare and food stamp collecting losers. there are still some good mexicans out there, but for the majority im tired of teenage girls getting pregnant and living off the government. im american, born and raised, but im proud to say that my grandparents did it the right way. those days are long gone.

    June 9, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • dwaynel

      Very true and good for your grandparents for doing the right thing.

      June 9, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
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