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