Alabama has gone Arizona more than one better when it comes to cracking down on illegal immigration. Republican Governor Robert Bentley has signed House Bill 56, making it illegal to knowingly give an undocumented alien a ride. Schools will have to determine the immigration status of children starting in kindergarten. Police will be required to ask the status of anybody they stop based on "reasonable suspicion." While sponsors call it a "jobs-creation bill for Americans," critics say its "outrageous and blatantly unconstitutional. Mark Jones, Chair of the Department of Political Science at Rice University, is a fellow at the Baker Institute for Public Policy.
Alabama's Immigration Law Is the Toughest Yet
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