March planned over Ala. immigration law

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Organizers for immigrant groups and civil rights organizations are planning a 2-day meeting and march in Montgomery to advocate repeal of Alabama's immigration law.

The Immigrant National Convention says the meeting Dec. 16 will include 2 of the Freedom Riders from the civil rights movement. They will discuss how that movement relates to today's debate over the state's tough immigration law.

The group plans a march Dec. 17 from the state Capitol to the governor's mansion. A spokeswoman says participants in the march will include the presidents of the NAACP, the National Council of La Raza, and the Service Employees International Union.


Meanwhile, Alabama Republicans remain adament that, though the state's tough immigration law may get some changes, it's not going to be repealed. Attorney General Luther Strange offered recently offered his opinion of some of the law's parts. [READ MORE HERE]

The essence of the law will not change, according to Governor Bentley. "We aren't going to repeal Alabama's illegal immigration law. Speaker [Mike] Hubbard, President Pro Tempore [Del] Marsh and I are in total agreement on that point."

State leaders are also attempting to mitigate any international damage that could come from the law. At least two employees from the automobile manufacturing plans located in Alabama have been arrested or fined due to the law. All charges have seen been dropped.

"We are reaching out internationally to reassure our global partners that the business climate in Alabama is as strong as ever, and our people and communities are as inviting and welcoming as we've always been," said Bentley.  "We will continue to focus our full attention on recruiting and creating quality jobs for those who need and deserve them.

Alabama's immigration law, HB56, is being challenged in court by multiple civil rights organizations as well as the U.S. Justice Department.

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