Alabama's Immigration Law Sees Change, What Happens Now?
Now that the state's immigration law has been changed what happens to the court challenges? Are critics satisfied with the revisions?
Governor Robert Bentley signed the immigration bill into law just one year ago.
As it made it's way through the courts, several portions of the law were blocked prompting some changes to the law during this year's legislative session.
"Both bills addressed the problem of reasonable cause. You can't just stop someone arbitrarily. That particular provision in the original bill was causing a lot of law enforcement to refuse to enforce the law," said CBS 8 Political Analyst Steve Flowers, "They think they've made it more palatable and enforceable, but we'll see."
"You cannot set state policy based on what a few people want. The majority wants something done about illegal immigration. We have to look at the state long term," said State Senator Scott Beason.
Steve Flowers says much of what happens long term with Alabama's immigration law will depend upon the Supreme Court's ruling on Arizona's immigration law. That ruling is expected sometime in June.
Flowers also says court rulings made later this year will determine whether or not lawmakers will have to go back and make more changes to the law during next year's legislative session.