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Alabama Law Bans Transporting, Housing Undocumented Immigrants

WASHINGTON -- Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley (R) signed an immigration bill into law on Thursday that will prohibit transporting or housing undocumented immigrants and require immigrants to carry papers, an even tougher spin-off of Arizona's SB 1070.

The Alabama immigration law, which is set to go into effect on Sept. 1, follows Arizona's lead in requiring police to ask for legal documents if they reasonably suspect someone is in the country illegally.

But the Alabama law goes one step further than SB 1070, which was passed last year and then challenged by the federal government. The Alabama law requires schools to check the citizenship of their students -- even though undocumented children are allowed, under law, to attend K-12 schools -- and penalizes businesses if they do not check immigration status. It also forbids drivers from transporting undocumented immigrants, even though Alabama does not allow people without proper papers to get driver's licenses and transport themselves.

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