Ala. House Passes Immigration Bill

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama House has passed a comprehensive Arizona-style immigration bill that allows police to arrest anyone who can't prove they are in the United States legally.

The House voted 73-28 Tuesday night to pass the immigration bill after almost six hours of spirited debate. The bill would cause employers to lose business licenses if they knowingly hire illegal immigrants. The sponsor, Republican Rep. Micky Hammon of Decatur, has been pushing the bill for seven years, but in the past it was mostly ignored by the Legislature's Democratic leaders. Republicans won a majority in the Legislature last year and made immigration legislation a priority.

Hammon says the bill will make more jobs available for legal citizens, but Democrats argue it would be costly to enforce and encourage racial profiling.

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  • by Gail Location: Ozark on Apr 6, 2011 at 02:12 PM
    About Time!!!! Good Job benefits of any kind. We need even stronger regs and or laws for illegal immigrates. The citizens of AL/USA are tired of hand outs, etc. to illegal immigrates. I could go on and on. Please, GOP, keep up the work on the right track.
  • by JL Location: Enterprise on Apr 6, 2011 at 08:04 AM
    Good work. Lets get it through the Senate and signed into law ASAP.
  • by Joey Location: dothan on Apr 6, 2011 at 07:04 AM
    Good job!!
  • by Kathy Location: Hartford on Apr 5, 2011 at 09:04 PM
    About darn time , I carry my Greencard and I dont have nothing to worry . If you want to be here , get your papers in order and get your greencard/Visa , Just the way it is suppose to be .. OH, and Obey the law , It was written for a reason !!
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