A group of undocumented immigrants and U.S. citizens originally from Mexico have sued the state in Montgomery County Circuit Court, charging the new immigration law would subject them to harassment and racial profiling.
The plaintiffs – two undocumented immigrants, two Mexican immigrants who are U.S. citizens and the spouse of an undocumented alien – charge the law violates provisions in the Alabama Constitution that encourage immigration.
“Our point is these people have individual rights that cannot be tread upon by the Alabama Legislature,” said Thomas Drake, a Cullman attorney representing the plaintiffs.
A statement from Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange’s office said they were reviewing the complaint and would defend the immigration law “vigorously.”
Signed by Gov. Robert Bentley on June 9, the new immigration law makes it a state crime to be an undocumented alien in Alabama and allows law enforcement to detain individuals they have a “reasonable suspicion” of being in the country illegally. The law also makes it illegal to give undocumented aliens rides and requires school districts to check on the immigration status of students who enroll in school.
The law is modeled on Arizona’s immigration law, parts of which have been blocked by federal court.
A coalition of groups and individuals filed suit in federal court in Huntsville earlier this month to block implementation of the law, saying it violated federal supremacy and constitutional rights.
– posted by Brian Lyman