House Panel Approves Bill Changing Immigration Law

Montgomery, AL – A bill making some changes to Alabama's immigration law has been approved by a House committee, but Democrats complained it does not go far enough alleviate concerns that the law allows police to engage in racial profiling.

The House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee voted 6-3 Tuesday in favor of the bill by Republican Rep. Micky Hammon of Decatur. It addresses some concerns of critics to the immigration law, which was adopted by the Legislature last year. The new bill adds language that says church groups and members can minister to people regardless of immigrant statue.

Democrat Napoleon Bracy of Mobile complained the bill does not address concerns that allowing police to question a person if they reasonably suspect that person's an illegal immigrant could lead to racial profiling.

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