SMH: Alabama’s First “Immigration Profiling” Arrest Turns Out To Be In The U.S. Legally

- By Bossip Staff

We knew this racist isht wasn’t a good idea.

When these Alabama sheriffs ran across an immigrant with no papers on him during this drug raid, we bet they were HYPED! They finally had a guinea pig for their new immigration laws. And now their eagerness has backfired.

Mohamed Ali Muflahi, the first person arrested under Alabama’s strict new immigration law, is actually residing in the United States legally, his attorney proved on Monday.

Muflahi, a 24-year-old born in Yemen, was arrested Friday during a drug raid in Etowah County, Alabama, along with two other Yemenis, the Gadsden Times reported last week. According to local Sheriff Todd Entrekin, the three men were taken into custody for obstructing a government operation, and upon processing at the jail, only Muflahi was unable to produce documentation of his legal status.

This is a misdemeanor violation according to the new Alabama immigration law that went into effect late last month, and, Entrekin told the Times last week, the first arrest carried out under the new measures.

But it turns out that Muflahi is not in the U.S. illegally, as some had suggested. His attorney provided documentation of his legal status on Monday, Etowah County officials told the Associated Press.

The controversy could put a kink in a recent push by Alabama state senators, local NBC affiliate WSFA reports. Earlier this week, the publicity surrounding the arrest prompted several Alabama state senators to draft a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder calling for the Justice Department drop its ongoing lawsuit against the law. But that letter never saw daylight.

Of course, this would be a whole lot better if the homie Muflahi wasn’t a drug dealer. But we’ll take any that can help people realize how dumb this law is.


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