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Friday November 18, 2011

Alabama Looking to ‘Amend’ Its New Immigration Law, Months after Implementation

Alabama Looking to ‘Amend’ Its New Immigration Law, Months after Implementation

Photo: Alabama's HB56 Maybe Amended

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Months after Alabama’s strict immigration law was enacted, the state’s law makers are looking to make amendments to it. 

Currently Republican senators are addressing “unintended consequences” to the immigration legislation, HB 56,  that affects most aspects of an undocumented individual’s life.

The law that was passed in June required schools to verify immigration status of students, made it illegal to transport or aid an undocumented immigrant as well as allow police officers to inquiry about a suspect’s immigration status. 

Now due to the added bureaucracy, no available farm workers and disgruntled educators, amendments are being drafted.  The law was approved in June and enacted in September and quickly faced multiple lawsuits including one from the Justice Department. 

The Republican Governor, Robert Bentley had already called for simplifying the legislation.  Meanwhile others, especially Alabama Democrats, are attempting to repeal the law entirely.