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New Alabama immigration law has some immigrants already preparing to move | al.com

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A QUICK LOOK AT THE IMMIGRATION LAW

Most sections of Alabama’s immigration law will take effect Sept. 1, unless a federal court blocks the law. Key sections of the law state that:

A person without valid federal alien registration or other proof of legal presence in the United States will, just for being in Alabama, be guilty of a crime punishable by a $100 fine and 30 days in jail.

A law officer stopping, detaining or arresting a person will be required to make a reasonable attempt, when practicable, to determine the citizenship and immigration status of the person if there is reason to suspect the person is an illegal alien. Law officers would have to contact federal officials to check the person’s status.

It will be a crime punishable by a $500 fine for “an unauthorized alien” to knowingly apply for work, seek work or perform work as an employee or independent contractor.

It will be a crime punishable by as much as a year in jail for a person who knew or recklessly disregarded that an immigrant was in the United States illegally to: conceal, harbor or shield the immigrant from detection, transport the immigrant “in furtherance of the unlawful presence of the alien,” or rent a dwelling unit to the immigrant.

Each school district will be required to report to the state school board the numbers of its students born outside U.S. jurisdiction or who have a parent who is an illegal immigrant. The board would have to file annual public statewide reports based on school districts’ reports.

Starting April 1, every employer in Alabama must use the federal E-Verify program to “verify the employment eligibility” of a new hire.

Starting April 1, an employer found to have knowingly employed an unauthorized immigrant would have the business license suspended or revoked for where the person worked. An exception would be that an employer that used E-Verify to check an employee’s status would be exempt from any violation involving the employee, even if he or she later was shown to be an illegal immigrant.

via New Alabama immigration law has some immigrants already preparing to move | al.com.

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July 17, 2011 - Posted by | global

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