Alabama officials support changes to immigration law

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December 15, 2011


BIRMINGHAM, AL: Earlier this year, Republicans in the state legislature passed a controversial immigration law.

After sweeping victories in the 2010 legislative elections, Republicans had the votes to enact their legislation. Among other things, the law requires schools to report students and parents who are not legal residents, and forbids illegal immigrants from engaging in any government contracts -- including paying a water bill to the public utilities company.[1]

Now, after recent controversies surrounding two arrests, some Republicans have expressed a desire to alter some of the bill.

Some groups have called for Bentley to call a special session to address the bill, but the governor says the legislature should address the issue in February 2012 when the regular session commences.[5]

The AFL-CIO released a report this week that criticizes the law and calls it "anti-worker."[6]

Alabama begins its session on February 7, 2012.

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