Rally held against proposed illegal immigration bill

MONTGOMERY, AL (WBRC) - Demonstrators are targeting House Bill 56, sponsored by Decatur Republican Representative Micky Hammon. Some have called it "Arizona-style" immigration reform and a lot of the proposals are similar.

House Bill 56 would get state and local law officers involved in the enforcement of federal immigration laws, forcing them to check the legal status of people they encounter in certain circumstances such as an arrest. It would set up penalties for employers who knowingly hire illegals and it would require increased participation in the e-verify registry to make sure businesses know they are hiring legal workers.

Hammon's bill would also make it a felony for illegal aliens to register to vote and vote in elections and it would require proof of citizenship from people trying to access government benefits.

The rally against the bill is being organized by immigration advocates and religious leaders. Also joining the demonstration is the Hispanic Interest Coalition, the Southern Poverty Law Center and the American Civil Liberties Union.

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