Immigration Law Research Paper

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Alabama Immigration Law In June 2011, a new bill concerning illegal immigrants was signed into law. This bill is called the “Hammon-Beason Alabama Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act” or “Alabama HB 56.” It is an anti-illegal immigration bill and it is regarded as America’s harshest anti-illegal immigration law to date, just above Arizona’s anti-illegal immigration law that caused quite a stir in the media and has been constantly challenged, headed to the supreme court soon. Signed into law on June 9, 2011 by Governor Robert J. Bentley, the law was written by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, and cosponsored by Alabama State Senator Scott Beason and Alabama Representative Micky Hammon. The law was passed by the Alabama House of…show more content…
Many of the provisions in the two laws are similar. For example, both laws state that upon an arrest or traffic stop, law enforcement must make a reasonable attempt to determine the person’s citizenship and immigration status. Both laws also state that law enforcement may not consider race, color or origin in enforcement of this law. Both laws state that lawful presence may be presumed if the suspect can present a state-issued photo ID, state or federal issued ID, or passport. In Arizona, A person is guilty of trespassing if he is present on any public or private land in the state and does not have his or her Alien Registration card or has failed to register. There is no such provision under Alabama’s law. Under both laws, it is unlawful to hire or pick up passengers for work if your actions impede the normal flow of traffic. Under both laws it is unlawful to conceal, harbor or shield or attempt to shield an alien from detection, including any building or means of transportation. Alabama’s law states that no court shall enforce the terms, or regard as valid, any contract between an alien and a party if the party knew at the time that the alien was unlawfully present in the United States. Alabama law says that an illegal alien may not receive any benefits from state or local public benefits. Also under Alabama’s law, any illegal alien cannot enroll in…show more content…
Some of those groups include Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, National Council of La Raza, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Service Employees International Union, United Auto Workers and Southern Poverty Law Center. These organizations have taken action against the bill by attempting to enlist the help of Alabama’s top three car manufacturers. These groups want Honda, Hyundai, and Daimler AG to use their influence to convince lawmakers to repeal the law. According to this article by Elena Shore, as of February 8, the groups got a response from Hyundai saying that they would meet with advocates. The president and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Wade Henderson, and leaders of other groups hope that pressure from the automotive companies will convince lawmakers that Alabama’s immigration bill will be a “major black eye for Alabama.” My opinion on the Alabama anti-illegal immigration law is a harsh one. In my opinion, if they’re not a legal United States citizen, they shouldn’t get anything at all. The provisions in Alabama’s law do not seem to be unconstitutional or discriminating. Illegal immigrants should not be allowed to go to state and federal funded public schools, take jobs from United States citizens; they should not be able to do anything until
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