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. N' Ebriated

    I would love to see all inmigrants out of this country and with a better future somewhere else. Let's see who is going to do their jobs here .Let's see how will that affect USA economy.

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

      Now all alabama has to do is put the shysters in prison for dissembling .

      June 9, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim F.

      Since the federal government has proven to be incapable of doing its job, it's time for the states to act accordingly. Kudos to Alabama!

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

      Not only that but lets see how fast prisons get overloaded.

      Pretty sure the state doesnt have the authority to deport someone, right? So now you have just generated a huge revenue drain on not only the states prison system but on the federal government who has to come in without mechanisms in place to handle this and do something with all of the prisoners who may or may not have been illegally detained.

      Like I said before, I'm all for preventing illegal immigration. However, this state law stuff is all just a Republican political game. Thats transparent to me at least.

      June 9, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  2. ann


    June 9, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  3. martin2176

    if i guess it right,AL should'nt have many illegal immigrants so enforcing such a law is more pricey than the benefits that could be gained..Unlike AZ,NJ,CA,TX; AL is not a resourceful state as far as jobs are concerned and naturally there should be very little influx of illegal immigrants in AL

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

      Hence why these laws are all political gamemanship by Republicans and have nothing to do with fixing the problem.

      June 9, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Liberals Suc

    Fantastic. Pretty soon left and right coasters will be boycotting every southern and mid-western state. Good riddance. Haven't missed the Cali people at all in Arizona. One of the best tourist seasons ever this past winter.

    June 9, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ztank

    I dont mind laws cracking down on illegal immigration AT ALL. However, this law is bound to increase government spending. Also, if the federal government 'listened to people', as some Tea Partiers are advocating, and secured our borders and 'did something' about illegal immigration then that costs money. Yet the same people demand that we reduce spending.

    Its that hypocrisy that I'm strongly against.

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

      The illegals are wasting more by the money they send out of our economy.

      Where does it end? Probably never.

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

      @Save the U.S.

      Agreed. But that isnt taken into account when people demand that we "reduce spending", "Its about the spending stupid", etc. etc. Spending on things that overall MAKE money is not considered when all you demand is that the "government should reduce its spending".

      Its like that defunding drive for PP. If you did a study I would bet that you find that PP has services that cost less than if the people went to the emergency room. Therefore, spending money on PP has a net positive effect. However, TPers demand that we cut spending on things like that.

      Its simpleton logic.

      June 9, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  6. mon

    I like how we go after everyone but businesses. Illegals come here mainly for work. It doesn't take a genius to figure out let's go to the source of the problem: crack down on businesses hiring illegals. Fine them, temporarily revoke licenses for repeated offences. I think all these other "tough laws" are lip service because at the end of the day states want the cheap labor to keep the public happy with cheaper goods.

    June 9, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jim

    Hopefully, more states will follow suit. BTW, for all you alarmists, your drivers license or state issued ID for non-drivers is sufficient as proof. We don't ALL HAVE TO HAVE PASSPORTS...geez. If you are a legal citizen, no problem. If you are illegal, get your hands out of my pocket, out of my school, and off my roads. All of you defending these lawbreakers are so self-righteous. Next, if you are going to post your opinion on this blog and expect to be taken seriously, please take a moment to check your spelling. Misspelled words make your whole point questionable. Finally, if I were discovered to be in a foreign country ILLEGALLY, my a** would be hauled to the jail in whatever country it was in illegally. Only in America can you get away with being here illegally. It has got to stop and hats off to Arizona, Georgia, Alabama (and the others that will no doubt soon follow) for having the guts to do what our FEDERAL government won't!

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

      Every single illegal immigrant I met had a fake drivers license when I lived in California.

      June 9, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Tony

    The people living in AL should be more concerned with enacting a state wide dental hygene plan then trying to write laws that are too rediculous to enforce.

    June 9, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  9. RWE

    Good for Alabama! Illegal is exactly that, illegal.

    June 9, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jimbo

    Hey CNN, why does your headline say "Tough Immigration Law" and not "Tough ILLEGAL Immigragration Law"? Pretty sad that a news organization is so biased just to get a few more votes for the party the represent even if it means harm to our country.

    June 9, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Dan

    If you drive out the illegals then who do you expect to work? Americans? No-Way, we've gotten too lazy and fat. Only country where over eating is a disease...

    June 9, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Larry

    In alabama, it will be very easy to spot illegal aliens in public schools. In third grade, for instance they'll be the only ones not driving to school.

    June 9, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  13. War Eagle!!

    I am from Georgia and fairly liberal but I fully agree with this law. There are plenty of people to "work in the fields" who have obtained leagal citizenship. We should not have to spend the resources and tax money on people that are not paying taxes. It is that simple. Our public schools should not be over crowded with kids who's parents are not even paying the taxes to support the schools. Almost no other country in the world is as relaxed on ilegal imgriants as we are. I have not problem building the great wall of Mexico to keep illegals out. I am tired of the far left thinking that over population of non-tax paying citizens is the rigth way to go becuase we don't want to hurt anyones feelings.

    June 9, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  14. andy b

    this is great !!!! this jerk got stock in 1910 when he was born and grow up with the KKK and now in 2011 he is taking action and prooooffing his loyalty to KKK.

    I hope you are reading this you old Fart Punk

    This country is not about you!!!!! you dont present your people just like any other government official.

    you are presenting your own sick ideas.


    June 9, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  15. RHG

    The best way to rid our country of illegal immigration is eliminate welfare, and unemployment checks for those able bodies, and instead have them work at farms, landscaping, kitchens, construction, and other jobs that nobody wants. BTW, McDonald's still has to pay a minimum wage, they don't save any money by hiring a certain type of people. I want to see the fields covered by US citizens working the land.

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