MONTGOMERY, Alabama – Alabama advocacy groups are urging the state attorney general to ensure Alabama adheres to the Supreme Court’s ruling on Arizona’s controversial law.
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) are asking for Alabama’s attorney general’s assurance that the state will conform to last week’s ruling on SB 1070.
Alabama is the only state that has implemented a controversial anti-illegal immigration provision which has been upheld by the Supreme Court.
The groups made their demands in a letter sent to AG Strange this morning. The groups also urged Strange to enforce the state’s law, HB 56, in a manner that conforms to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling.
“Alabama is now ground zero in this fight against these racist laws,” said Mary Bauer, legal director at the SPLC. “We have already seen evidence that the Alabama law is being enforced in ways that violate the Supreme Court’s ruling. That’s why it is essential that Alabama Attorney General Strange provide clear guidance to law enforcement as to what is and is not permissible. It is also critical that law enforcement begin collecting this vital data.”
While the Supreme Court struck down several controversial provisions of Arizona’s SB 1070 law as unconstitutional, it allowed one significant provision to pass, which allows local police to demand legal status documents be revealed when they suspect someone of being an undocumented alien.
Alabama is the only state that has implemented such a provision.
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