The Alabama Senate will vote on SB256 today. Sponsored by Senator Scott Beason, SB256 will reform our state’s immigration laws.
- Make it illegal to hire illegal immigrants. Business owners who use e-Verify to check the status of their employees are given a safe harbor, but the use of e-Verify is not mandatory. All state contracts will have a clause against hiring illegal immigrants and if contractors are found in violation of that clause on a first offense, the contract will automatically terminate and the contractor may be barred from contracting with the state for a period of one year. The contractor is also liable for 10% of the total amount of the contract in damages. On a second offense, the contractor may be permanently barred from doing business with the state and be liable for 25% of the total contract price in damages.
- Prevent any illegal immigrant from getting public benefits.
- Make it a crime to be in the state illegally. Persons found in violation of this law will be subject to a $500 fine and one of the following: Term of imprisonment not less than one year and one day and not more than three years; or repatriation to the person’s country of citizenship.
- Allow law enforcement officers to verify the citizenship of any person in the course of a lawful stop, detention or arrest where reasonable suspicion the person is in the state illegally exists.
Eagle Forum urges a YES vote on Final Passage of SB256.
The net ANNUAL cost to Alabamians according to one legislator could be at least $600 million when depressed wages, lost jobs, dollars sent out of the U.S., drug addiction, etc. are added to the $270 m. net annual cost to AL documented at www.fairus.org. We cannot afford NOT to stop it by attrition through cutting off jobs and benefits.
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