The Alabama legislature recently passed a sweeping anti-immigration law, but several civic organizations are attempting to block the legislation in court, Fox News Latino reports.
Without intervention, the law, HB 56, is scheduled to take effect on September 21. Under the new rules, police are allowed to arrest any suspected illegal immigrants who are lawfully detained and makes it a crime to knowingly transport an undocumented worker. Companies are also required to use a state-mandated computer program, known as E-Verify, to ensure the residency eligibility of all workers.
The civic organizations seeking an injunction, including the American Civil Liberties Union’s Immigrants’ Rights Project, the Southern Poverty Law Center and the National Immigration Law Center, say that Alabama’s law violates basic American principles on human rights.
“Not only is Alabama’s law blatantly unconstitutional, it flies in the face of American values by authorizing racial profiling, deterring children from going to school and criminalizing those who lend a hand to individuals deemed by the state of Alabama to be ‘illegal,'” Andrw Segura, a staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union’s Immigrants’ Rights Project, told the news source.
According to Reuters, many supporters and critics of Alabama’s immigration law see it as the toughest in the US. The law was signed by Governor Robert Bentley on June 9.