Obama Administration Goes After Alabama Immigration Law

Alabama immigration law, considered by many to be toughest in the nation, is under attack by the Obama administration. The administration thinks the state overstepped their authority on immigration.

Similar to immigration laws in Arizona, the Alabama immigration law allows law enforcement officers to question immigration status during traffic and other stops. The New York Times reported that the law goes significantly further than the Arizona law publishing:

“It bars illegal immigrants from enrolling in any public college after high school.” “It obliges public schools to determine the immigration status of all students, requiring parents of foreign-born students to report the immigration status of their children. The new law requires Alabama’s public schools to publish figures on the number of immigrants — both legal and illegal — who are enrolled and on any costs associated with the education of illegal immigrant children. The measure, known as H.B. 56, also makes it a crime to knowingly rent housing to an illegal immigrant. It bars businesses from taking tax deductions on wages paid to unauthorized immigrants.”

Attorney General, Eric Holder released the following statements:

“Today’s action makes clear that setting immigration policy and enforcing immigration laws is a national responsibility that cannot be addressed through a patchwork of state immigration laws.” “The department is committed to evaluating each state immigration law and making decisions based on the facts and the law. To the extent we find state laws that interfere with the federal government’s enforcement of immigration law, we are prepared to bring suit, as we did in Arizona.”

It is believed that laws, such as those being passed in Alabama and Arizona, will lead to racial profiling.

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