Alabama governor signs tough new immigration law - CNN.com
The bill, due to take effect on September 1, was signed into law by Republican Gov. Robert Bentley on Thursday.
According to a fact sheet presented by Alabama House Republicans, the bill will require law enforcement officers "to attempt to determine the immigration status of a person who they suspect is an unauthorized alien of this country".
The legislation also makes it a criminal offense to provide transport or housing to an illegal immigrant. The state will have to check the citizenship of students, and any business that knowingly employs an illegal immigrant will be penalized.