BIRMINGHAM, Alabama — Two speakers this morning gave different views on federal and state immigration policies to kick off a two-day public forum on HB56 — the nickname for Alabama’s new immigration law.
“HB56 is a fabulous bill. It deserves the support of the people of Alabama. It is a mighty achievement that represents the manifestation of some of the best approaches that both Congress and the American people would like to see,” Daniel Stein, president of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, or FAIR, told an audience of about 75.
The law, which was passed last year by the Legislature, is about the ability of states to control their own destinies, and it’s about ensuring the federal government does its duties, Stein said.
Stein said that, before making any changes to Alabama’s law, the Legislature should wait and see whether the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down certain key provisions in Arizona’s immigration law, which is similar to Alabama’s law.
Alabama legislators have said they will consider making changes to some parts of the law in the wake of lawsuits and criticisms.
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