>The US Department of Justice announced yesterday that it is suing the State of Alabama over the recently passed HB 56. The concern laid out in the complaint states that while the US DOJ appreciates the help of states in enforcing US Immigration Law, it will not allow states to pass their own immigration policy or pass laws that conflict with US law.
“Today’s action makes clear that s etting immigration policy and enforcing immigration laws is a national responsibility that cannot be addressed through a patchwork of state immigration laws,” said Attorney General Eric Holder.”
As reason for filing suit,
Attorney General Holder indicated that while the law may be well intentioned to restrict unauthorized workers from migrating to the state, its enforcement may well result in harassment and detention of foreign visitors, legal immigrants and even US citizens who many not be able to immediately produce proof of legally being in the US.
The full press release from the DOJ can be found here.. http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2011/August/11-ag-993.html
This is by far not the end of this story….
In a related issue… The Alabama Nursery and Landscape Association is adding another immigration seminar to the Birmingham sessions. The session is TOMORROW Wednesday, August 3 at 1 PM. Space is running out but still available. Go to the ALFA headlines http://www.alfafarmers.org/headlines/headline.phtml?id=6038 for more information and the flyer.