Alabama’s Anti-immigration Law Prompts Numerous Oppositions
On June 9th, 2011, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley signed an extreme immigration bill, and this law is even tougher than Arizona’s SB 1070. Currently, Alabama’s new anti-immigration law is the toughest ordinance in the United States. Similar to the Arizona bill, the new Alabama anti-immigration law would in effect do the following to immigrants or migrant workers:
- The bill gives police and local authorities the license to demand documentation from suspected illegal aliens, along with taking them into custody and imprisoning them.
- Making it a crime for immigrants without documents to keep a job in the state of Alabama; in addition, it would also be breaking the law to be caught without residency document.
- The state would require all businesses in the state of Alabama to use E-Verify, which is a free internet database that is provided by the United States government that checks employees’ legal status to check if the employee is eligible to work in the United States. If there’s a mismatch, E-Verify will warn the employer, making it the employee’s responsibility to clarify and resolve the mismatch issue.
- It would be a crime to sign a contract with undocumented immigrants, so potential employers and landlords would be possible lawbreakers for conducting businesses with immigrants without proper documentation.