Sunday, April 15, 2012

Tweaks to Alabama’s draconian immigration law are not an improvement

ALABAMA’S LAW targeting illegal immigrants has been partly gutted by federal judges, who found key provisions unconstitutional; attacked by agricultural interests, which say it has created labor shortages in the fields; and assailed by business groups, which fear it is fostering a hostile economic climate. Shortly after the law took effect last fall, a visiting German executive from Mercedes-Benz was detained for hours by police. Oops. Officers said that under the new law, they had no choice but to check his legal status when all he could show them was a German ID.

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