Both Alabama's House and Senate passed amendments to the State immigration law yesterday to include a requirement to publish the names of undocumented immigrants that appear in court for violations of Alabama State law, even if criminal charges are ultimately dismissed. They might as well have imposed the requirement for immigrants to wear the scarlet letter 'I' for ILLEGAL. Forgive me if I'm overstating, but doesn't this eerily remind you of the yellow badge of shame that Jews were required to wear in Nazi Germany.
Other amendments include a provision to permit individuals to present credit cards or voter identification cards to prove residency if they are unable to produce a State driverís license. This amendment addresses the embarrassment that resulted when a Mercedes-Benz executive was arrested for not having his driver's licence available. Papers please.
The legislature did not remove requirements for State law enforcement to verify the immigration status of anyone suspected of immigration violations.
I wonder if the Alabama legislature's next step is to amended their State flag from the crimson cross to the swastika.
These are interesting times we live in.
A lawsuit has been filed in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia challenging the constitutionality of Senate rules that require 60 votes on motions to proceed with or close debate on proposed amendments, because they are inconsistent with majority rule. This is commonly referred to as a filibuster, and it is the procedure that resulted in the failure of the DREAM Act being brought up for a vote during the previous lame duck session.
Vice President Joe Biden, in his official capacity as President of the United States Senate, is the principle defendant to the lawsuit.
Click here to read the suit in its entirety.
Matthew Kolken is a trial lawyer with experience in all aspects of United States Immigration Law including Immigration Courts throughout the United States, and appellate practice before the Board of Immigration Appeals, the U.S. District Courts, and U.S. Courts of Appeals. He is admitted to practice in the courts of the State of New York , the United States District Court for the Western District of New York, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).