Alabama’s Proposed Immigration Law

Alabama’s proposed immigration law is reputedly one of the toughest of any state. But rather than going into effect on September 1, it’s been blocked by a federal temporary injunction. The legislation makes it a crime to knowingly harbor or transport an illegal immigrant, and it suspends or revokes the business licenses of firms who knowingly employ illegals.

The U.S. Department of Justice (U.S. v. Alabama, No. 2:11-cv-02746, N.D. Alabama, 8/29/2011), the U.S. Departments of Homeland Security and State, immigration activists, and Christian church leaders had all gone after the proposed law. Conflict was cited with the federal Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 and the Fourth Amendment (unlawful search and seizure), the latter pertaining the provision that law enforcement officers investigate the immigration status of people they stop.

The court issued a ruling on the case in late September.

Reprinted with permission from the Personnel Testing Council of Metropolitan Washington.

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About Richard Tonowski

Rich joined EEOC in 2001 as a Psychologist, worked as the assistant HR director for strategic policy and planning from 2003 to 2006, and then became Chief Psychologist. In that role he reviews test validation documentation, conducts statistical analyses regarding employment practices, and consults with EEOC attorneys and investigators. Prior to his time with EEOC, he had over 20 years of experience involving public sector test development and validation, performance appraisal, employee surveys, diversity management, and labor relations. He also had experience in providing written and oral testimony as an expert witness in court cases, and in federal sector hearings conducted by EEOC and the Merit Systems Protection Board. Rich was awarded his Ph.D. in psychology by Rutgers University, and is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources by the credentialing affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management. He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor of Human Resources Management and Development at University of Maryland University College where he teaches a graduate course.

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