This might be funny, but it’s no laughing matter…
Police in Alabama are getting ready to enforce what is considered by many as the toughest immigration law in the United States.
Beginning Thursday, authorities can question people suspected of being in the country illegally and hold them without bond, and officials can check the immigration status of students in public schools, Gov. Robert Bentley said.
Those two key aspects of Alabama’s new law were upheld by a federal judge on Wednesday.
The governor said parts of the law take effect immediately.
“Today Judge Blackburn upheld the majority of our law,” Gov. Robert Bentley said in a brief statement he delivered outside the State Capitol in Montgomery, The New York Times reported. “With those parts that were upheld, we have the strongest immigration law in the country.”
However, he also said that the law “was never designed to hurt fellow human beings,” according to the Montgomery Advertiser. “As a physician, I would never ask a sick person if she was legal or illegal. But as governor of this state, it is my sworn duty to uphold this state’s laws, and that is what I intend to do,” Bentley said.
Not everyone, including the Obama Administration, is on board with this new, controversial policy.
There are three separate lawsuits against the Alabama law, including a challenge from President Barack Obama’s administration. Blackburn’s ruling is expected to be appealed.
John Carroll, a former U.S. magistrate judge who is now dean of Samford University’s law school in suburban Birmingham, said Blackburn’s ruling was mostly consistent with decisions from other states with the exception of her allowing Alabama’s “stop and ask” provision, which lets police request people’s immigration papers.
“I think down the line there are other arguments that can be made as the case goes forward,” said Carroll.
So we ask you BOSSIP nation, should Alabama Police be allowed to randomly stop or detain people that they feel could be illegal immigrants?