Alabama House Bill 56: The Immigrant Trespassing Law Explained
A new bill aimed at curbing illegal immigration is causing controversy in Alabama.
House Bill 56, modeled on similarly controversial immigration legislation in Arizona, passed the Alabama House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee today. That means it will move on to debate by the full House of Representatives as early as Thursday.
Here's the lowdown on HB 56:
It would require immigration status checks for workers
It would allow police officers to ask about immigration status
It could result in jail time and penalties. According to the Montgomery Advertiser, the bill would land people in jail until their immigration status could be verified. Those found to be in the country illegally could be charged with trespassing, a crime that can also carry jail time in Alabama.
It makes transportation a crime
Knowingly transporting an illegal alien, even to a doctor, would become a crime under HB 56.