Alabama to “Clarify” Tough Immigration Law

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley said the state should clarify but maintain the tough immigration law that resulted in the embarrassing interrogation of two foreign auto workers who were suspected of being in the country illegally. The incident generated international attention and prompted Bentley to issue a statement affirming the state's open arms attitude toward businesses, while standing his ground on the law. "We recognize that changes are needed to ensure that Alabama has not only the nation's most effective law, but one that is fair and just, promotes economic growth, preserves jobs for those in Alabama legally, and can be enforced effectively and without prejudice," he said. The law, which requires police to stop anyone they suspect of being in the country illegally—and detain those who cannot provide sufficient proof to the contrary—would not be changed or repealed, Bentley said. More than 30 groups and individuals have challenged the law, which partially took effect in September.

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