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Critics react to 'racist' Alabama immigration law

June 13, 2011

Immigrant advocacy groups have already launched official challenges to the immigration laws that were passed in Alabama last week, which have been condemned in many circles for being racist. The law is seen to be the most stringent anti-immigration law to have been passed since Arizona's controversial clampdown last year. It goes as far as to require schools to quiz pupils on their immigration status to find out whether they are legal or not.
Groups lead by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) have already embarked on a campaign to strike the law down before it takes effect on September 1. After that point, one of the items in the law would make it a crime for someone to give an illegal immigrant a ride in a car, while another will make it a crime for landlords to knowingly rent to illegal immigrants.

While Governor Robert Bentley said he was, "proud of the legislature for working tirelessly to create the strongest immigration bill in the country," as he signed the bill into law last week, there has been vocal and vehement outrage against it from many other circles.

Christina Wang, the director of the ACLU's immigrants' rights project said, "This bill invites discrimination into every aspect of the lives of people in Alabama," and slammed it as being "outrageous and blatantly unconstitutional."