Few Immigration Bills Still Have Chance in Ala. Legislature

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A House committee has approved a Senate-passed bill that requires people who apply for public assistance from the state to prove they are in the country legally.

The bill by Sen. Arthur Orr, R-Decatur, was approved by the House Judiciary Committee on a voice vote and could be considered by the full House on May 19, the final day of the 2008 regular session.

With two days remaining in the session, most bills to control illegal immigration have died. Orr's bill and a measure to prohibit state agencies from entering into contracts with companies that employ illegal aliens are among the few that still have a chance of receiving final passage.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Malcolm Location: Ft Rucker, Al on May 7, 2008 at 12:22 PM
    I believe the immigration bill should be passed. Why give a illegal immigrate public assistance, hello there illegal! How about helping the poor people in the State before helping someone that came into the country or state illegally. I believe in the land of the free, but not the land of the handout.
  • by Cynthia Location: Enterprise on May 7, 2008 at 12:14 PM
    What this whole country needs to do is start fining anyone who rents to or hires illegals and maybe this would stop. Also we need to stop educating the children of illegals and providing cheap or free medical care. Check your history and see what Operation Wetback was. It was done during the Depression and after WWII and Korea so Americans would have jobs. As we all know, we're in a recession right now!
  • by Bill Location: Enterprise on May 7, 2008 at 10:32 AM
    They do nothing while the Wiregrass becomes over run with illegal aliens working in the poultry and construction industries. The illegals drive around with no car insurance jeopardizing the life and limb of legal citizens. Guess the state and city leaders don't have the courage to take action. The mayor of Hazelton PA, now thats a real man and a real leader. We need men like him to lead in Alabama.
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