It’s getting even worse in Alabama, folks, and the pain is spreading beyond.
Just a couple of days after a Mercedes Benz executive from Germany was arrested and taken into custody under Alabama’s worst-in-the-country immigration law, HB 56, a Honda employee from Japan was picked up by police and ticketed under the state’s “papers, please” legislation. According to Think Progress:
A second foreign auto worker has been charged under HB 56, Alabama’s draconian immigration law. The Japanese Honda employee received a ticket at a routine roadblock police had set up, but he was not taken into custody like a German Mercedes executive arrested almost two weeks ago.
The Honda worker was here on temporary assignment and was issued a ticket by an officer for not having an Alabama state drivers’ license, despite having had his passport and international drivers license—the latter of which has its basis in the United Nations conventions on Road Traffic and Safety. But apparently, Alabama thinks it’s better than international law, which is why the state passed a bill that has created one of the largest humanitarian, economic, and civil rights crises to date.