Saturday, November 19, 2011

Alabama House Majority Leader Micky Hammon credits new immigration law with lowering state unemployment | al.com

Alabama House Majority Leader Micky Hammon credits new immigration law with lowering state unemployment | al.com

A sponsor of Alabama's tough new immigration law on Friday credited the law with the steep drop in the state's jobless rate.

"Despite how desperately illegal immigrant sympathizers have tried to portray this law as somehow harmful to our state's economy, the truth is more Alabamians are working today thanks in part to our decision to crack down on illegal immigration," Alabama House Majority Leader Micky Hammon, R-Decatur, said in a statement.

Hammon pointed to Marshall County, which he called "a known hotbed for illegal immigrant labor." He said the rate there was 8.1 percent for October, down from 8.8 percent in September and 10 percent in June, when the immigration law was signed.

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