Saturday, November 19, 2011

Lawsuit: Alabama immigration law stops home permits | GadsdenTimes.com

Lawsuit: Alabama immigration law stops home permits | GadsdenTimes.com

MONTGOMERY — A new federal lawsuit was filed Friday challenging a section of Alabama’s immigration law that civil rights groups say makes it impossible for those who can’t prove U.S. citizenship or lawful immigration status to legally keep their manufactured homes.

The lawsuit was filed Friday in federal court in Montgomery by two immigrants in Elmore County named in the lawsuit only as “John Doe No. 1” and “John Doe No. 2.” They are challenging a section of the law that prohibits most contracts where one party is an illegal immigrant.

Attorneys for the plaintiffs say that provision is being used by state revenue officials to keep illegal immigrants from paying an annual registration fee and obtaining a decal that by law must be displayed on manufactured homes. State law requires the registration to be renewed by Nov. 30.

One of the attorneys for the plaintiffs, Mary Bauer, legal director of the Southern Poverty Law Center, said that without the permit some people may be forced to abandon their homes and left homeless.

“It’s a flagrant violation of the Fair Housing Act and the United States Constitution,” Bauer said.

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