MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Senate has rejected an effort to repeal the state's tough new immigration bill.
The Senate voted 20-14 Wednesday to turn down a motion to repeal the immigration law.
The motion was made by Democratic Sen. Billy Beasley of Clayton who has introduced a bill seeking the law's repeal. The repeal vote came during debate of a bill to make changes in the immigration law. Beasley introduced the repeal motion as a substitute to the bill making changes.
During the debate, Beasley said the immigration law has brought new government regulations to the state and caused unintended consequences like the arrests of 2 foreign car company officials.
Immigration law supporter Republican Sen. Scott Beason of Gardendale called the arguments in favor of repeal "rhetoric not based in reality."
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