16 countries sue Alabama over its new immigration law
In Alabama, it’s not enough that the United States has filed suit to stop the nation’s strictest immigration law from going into effect, 16 other nations have also sued the state.
In an effort to ensure their citizens are treated fairly in Alabama, 16 nations, including Mexico, filed briefs against the state’s controversial new immigration law that has already drawn fire from the U.S. Department of Justice.
Edward Still, a Birmingham attorney who filed the brief, told The Montgomery Advertiser that the nations “want to have one immigration law and not 50.”
“Mexico has an interest in protecting its citizens and ensuring that their ethnicity is not used as basis for state-sanctioned acts of bias and discrimination,” the brief said, according to the paper.
Criticism for the law, which is said to be the strictest state-level immigration law in the country, has been fierce and swift. Besides the DOJ’s lawsuit, the Roman Catholic Church, three dozen plaintiffs represented by the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Immigration Law Center have all filed lawsuits against the state’s governor, The Montgomery Advertiser reported.
As noted by Fox, the Catholic Church has also come out against the Alabama law.
Considering that Alabama’s immigration laws have had the effect of driving workers from the state and has been shown to be unconstitutional on its face, this latest suit may be nothing more than adding insult to injury.