Sunday, June 12, 2011

Mexicans protest against Alabama's new anti-illegal immigration law

Outrage continued Friday in Mexico a day after Alabama’s governor signed the toughest law in the United States against illegal immigration.

The law would impose criminal penalties on employers who hire illegal immigrants, give local police broad powers to arrest anyone they suspect of entering the United States without a visa and compel public schools to check the immigration status of students.

Mexico’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement expressing “deep concern” over Alabama law HB 56. The statement said the law could violate the civil rights of Mexicans.

“Besides criminalizing the phenomenon of migration,” the law’s provisions “open the door for the improper application of the migration law by local police,” the Mexican Foreign Affairs Ministry statement says.

Other provisions of HB 56 make it illegal to knowingly rent housing to illegal immigrants and prohibit businesses from claiming tax deductions on wages they pay employees who lack work permits...[Full Article]